The Great American Novel, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous book, The Great Gatsby is set in the year 1922, just 2 years after the passing of American Prohibition against alcohol created fortunes and made rich men out of paupers. Hence the term the Roaring Twenties. Though written in 1923, publication was not until 1925.
In 1926, a silent version of the film was made, but lost.
The movie was made again in 1949, starring Alan Ladd. By this time, the book would have been all but forgotten, had not World War II rolled and rumbled around. The United States war department ordered up 150,000 prints of the Great Gatsby to distribute as reading material for servicemen, and those books were shared, creating a rediscovered popularity. By the time the troops came home from war, the books newfound readership encouraged the 1949 remake of the film.
If you haven’t read this book… just go read it.
In fact, click here and you can read it for free!
This version is the 1949 film starring Alan Ladd – my personal favorite. It is marginally mid-century-related, because of the year of its release. But really, I just snuck it in here because it rocks. It appears here in 6 parts, so you can either scroll down to the next screen after each approximately 15 minute segment, or when the part 1 is over, just scan the screen of choices that pops up until you find part 2, until you are finished.
Grab your popcorn and scotch, slip into your favorite silk smoking jacket, and enjoy your night in with this classic heart-wrencher.