The Great Gatsby

Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1926. Vintage production photograph from the 1926 silent film. Mimeograph snipe to the verso. Featuring a concerned-looking Jay Gatsby, played by Warner Baxter, clutching his cap nervously while in uniform.

The first of a string of adaptations of F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, now lost save for its trailer, and the only adaptation of his novel to be created during his lifetime. Based in part on the Owen Davis theatrical adaptation of the book, which was directed by George Cukor and opened on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre on February 2, 1926. Film director Herbert Brenon intentionally adapted the source work in order to make it a more lighthearted film that would appeal to the masses, lengthening the party scenes at Gatsby's mansion and exaggerating the scandalous elements of the novel. Both Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda purportedly hated the film.

Set in New York.

8 x 10 inches (20.5 x 25.5 cm). Near Fine.

Complete collation details available on request.


[Book #142795]

Price: $525.00