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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