The Great Gatsby
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Alan Ladd plays the title millionaire, a flamboyant bootlegger who tries find acceptance in Long Island's high society while winning the love of the beautiful Daisy Bucchanan, who unfortunately, has married another man. This is the second film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel and was made before the book became considered an American colassic.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unfortunately, the movie version misses many of its opportunities."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"This scores over Jack Clayton's lavish and longer 1974 version by the casting of Alan Ladd as Gatsby, so much more convincing as a man with a dark and mysterious past than one-dimensional glamour-puss Robert Redford."
‑ , Time Out
"A large part of what makes this version work is the glacial central presence of Alan Ladd, who's quite convincing as a man with a mysterious past."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Elliott Nugent's direction skips along the surface of the era depicted. The script doesn't give him much substance to work with."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"An interesting, film noir-ish take on the novel. The screenplay takes some liberties with the source material but (Alan) Ladd gives an exceptionally sensitive performance as the lovelorn millionaire. Excellent supporting cast."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Not much is made of the 20s Long Island setting and, like the other film versions, it fails to capture the elusive style of the novel."
‑ , Film4
"Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum have achieved a dutiful plotting of the novel without the substance of life that made it stick."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Elliott Nugent directs with some atmospheric touches, but can't counter screenwriter Richard Maibaum's verbosity."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
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