First of all, I cannot believe I am making the first ever comment on this title. I just saw this remarkable adaption of the classic novel on line in a fairly okay kinescope.
Secondly, I've seen a lot of Fitzgerald adaptions over the years. Some go back decades while others are pretty recent. This version of TITN is by far the best that I've seen. The production values are great for a 55 year old live television production. I feel like the playwright actually read and UNDERSTOOD the novel he was adapting and that he actually had a clue who Scott F. was as an artist was getting at with this book. Some people don't have any idea about Scott F. Re: Any Great Gatzby adaption.
The music used for this production was simply beautiful, the sound design of the sea gave it just enough atmosphere.
So we have a great script and great production. It was all executed by marvelous direction. I felt like I was in a Broadway theater seeing something really spectacular in a very quiet intimate way. And i was. I was in NYC in 1955 at a great premier.
It was great to see Mercedes Mc. in a lead role for once, which was too rare indeed. In many ways, it could be the role of her entire career. She proved herself a leading lady. The breakdown scenes were entirely believable and heartbreaking.
James Daily matched her with his easy going manner and style reminiscent of James Garner or David Jansen. You will not catch Mr. Daily acting as he is totally in the moment and engaged by Ms. McCambridge.
I hope a restored edition would be available one day. Here is the essence of not only the best of early live television, but one that would do F. Scott Fitzgerald proud.
If I was an English teacher, even in spite of the video limitations, I might consider showing it in class if I was teaching this novel. Yes, it's that powerful!!!
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