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THE GREAT GATSBY
[Los Angeles]: Paramount Pictures, Inc., 25 February - 8 November 1948.. [Los Angeles]: Paramount Pictures, Inc., 25 February - 8 November 1948.. [3],130 leaves. Quarto. Mimeographed typescript, printed on rectos only of white, light blue and dark blue stock. Punched and bradbound. A few minor corner creases, a couple of erasures and a small ink script number on cover leaf, but a very good copy. A "Final White Script" of Hume and Maibaum's adaptation to the screen of Fitzgerald's novel by way of Owen Davis's dramatization. Subsequent dated revises on two shades of blue paper mark further revisions, including a November rewrite of seven of the last eight pages. This version is the first sound, and the first surviving rendering of THE GREAT GATSBY to the screen, as the 1926 silent Famous Players production is a lost film. Elliott Nugent directed this production, and it starred Alan Ladd as Jay Gatsby, Betty Field and Barry Sullivan as Daisy and Tom Buchanan, MacDonald Carey as Nick Carraway, Ruth Hussey as Jordan Baker, Shelly Winters as Myrtle Wilson, et al. This adaptation, and particularly Alan Ladd's performance, have been praised for the dominance of mood and noirish elements over reliance on a manufactured reconstruction of '20s glitter in the portrayal of Gatsby. The release time of the finished film was 92 minutes, and this script, at 130 pages, suggests that there were likely significant cuts and differences between this draft and the final film, which saw release in July of 1949. An uncommon and important screenplay. BRUCCOLI 7.8.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-]
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