Alan Ladd played Jay Gatsby in the 1949 adaptation of The Great Gatsby. I haven't seen this particular version, that I recall. I haven't seen this year's adaptation either. I just can't bring myself to see a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio. He is just to swarmy for me. I have seen the 1973 and the 2000 versions and found them less than impressive. I just don't know if anyone has the acting chops to bring Gatsby to life.
I've always been a fan of Fitzgerald. He's huge in my hometown, since he was born here. I would love to see an adaptation of his work that was done well. No luck so far. I adore Alan Ladd. He's one of my favorite actors - on film and on the radio. It would definitely be fun to see what he did with the role of Gatsby. Has anyone seen this version of Gatsby?