The Great Gatsby (1949)
Director: Elliott Nugent.
Starring: Alan Ladd (Jay Gatsby), Betty Field (Daisy Buchanan), Macdonald Carey (Nicholas 'Nick' Carraway), Ruth Hussey (Jordan Baker), Barry Sullivan (Tom Buchanaan), Howard Da Silva (Wilson), Shelley Winters (Myrtle Wilson), Henry Hull (Dan Cody), Ed Begley (Myron Lupus), Elisha Cook Jr. (Klipspringer), Nicholas Joy (Drunken Guest at Party), Walter Greaza (Kinsella), Tito Vuolo (Mavromichaelis), Ray Walker (Real Estate Man), Diane Nance (Pamela).
Set on Long Island in the 1920s, this is the story of a newly rich striver trying to be accepted by socialite Daisy Buchanan (Betty Field) and the upper crust of New York.
What is so great about the book, and lesser so the movie, is that it points out how the class system works to keep out outsiders so that the wealthy maintain their social positions. Of course, most Americans do not like to talk about class, since they like to think that the chance for upward class mobility is more important than the actual inequalities in the class structure of the United States.
The gangster Arnold Rothstein was the prototype for F. Scott Fitzgerald's character Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby, "the man who fixed the World's Series back in 1919." Rothstein allegedly masterminded the bribery in the Black Sox baseball scandal.
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