Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)
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The Great Gatsby 

A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his wealthy neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love.


Franklin J. Schaffner (as Franklin Schaffner)


F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel), David Shaw (adaptation)


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Episode credited cast:
Robert Ryan ... Jay Gatsby
Jeanne Crain ... Daisy Buchanan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Atwater ... George Wilson
Val Avery
Patricia Barry ... Jordan Baker
Virginia Grey ... Myrtle Wilson
Doris Lloyd
Eugenia Paul
Phillip Reed ... Tom Buchanan
Rod Serling ... Himself - Host
Rod Taylor ... Nick Carraway
Nelson Welch Nelson Welch


A Midwesterner becomes fascinated with his wealthy neighbor, who obsesses over his lost love.

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26 June 1958 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1922. See more »

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Ryan was the best Gatsby
20 June 2007 | by atasusanSee all my reviews

I was fortunate to see the original TV production when I was a teen-ager. I had just read the book, so I had an idea in my head of what the characters looked like. Ryan may have been a bit "long in the tooth" for the part, but he made up for it by delivering an exceptional performance. One forgot he was a little too old. In fact, whenever I reread "The Great Gatsby," I see Robert Ryan in my imagination. Possibly being a teen-ager made me susceptible to the rekindled romance between Gatsby and Daisy; certainly Ryan and Crain both made the viewer feel that something had gone on between them before. The other performances were all first-rate, too. Those Playhouse 90 productions were usually quite good.

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