Scott Fitzgerald as Episode or Influence in Film Productions
by Anton Rudnev

The Fitzgeralds in Hollywood (1927)

For clarity: the "footage of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald", along with actresses Lois Moran and Carmel Myers, found in 2012 at Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive, does contain neither F. Scott, neither Zelda Fitzgerald; one woman on film almost certainly is Carmel Myers, and this film was shot in 1927 when Fitzgeralds were in Hollywood. The film itself was kept in Fitzgerald's family (or in their friend's family) and first surfaced in 1963 when it was sent by Scottie Fitzgerald as material for the WJZ-TV (Baltimore) documentary.

Studio: home movie.

Screenplay by: documentary.
Director: unknown.
Produced by: unknown.
Starring: possibly Carmel Myers and Edwin Knopf.
Running Time: 40 seconds.

The Last Flight (1931)

F. Scott Fitzgerald here is just an influence - as one of the "lost generation" authors. No direct connection to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Studio: First National Pictures.

Screenplay by: Byron Morgan, based on novel "Single Lady" by John Monk Saunders (1931).
Director: William Dieterle.
Produced by: Mac Julian.
Starring: Richard Barthelmess, David Manners, John Mack Brown and Helen Chandler.
Running Time: 76 minutes.

The Wedding Night (1935)

F. Scott Fitzgerald here is the prototype of the main hero. In early version of the script the characters were named “Scott and Zelda Fitzpatrick”.

Studio: Samuel Goldwyn Productions.

Screenplay by: Edith Fitzgerald, based on a story by Edwin H. Knopf.
Director: King Vidor.
Produced by: Samuel Goldwyn.
Starring: Gary Cooper and Anna Sten.
Running Time: 83 minutes.

This Thing Called Love (1940)

The last movie seen by F. Scott Fitzgerald, as reported by Sheilah Graham.

Studio: Columbia Pictures (released on December 20, 1940).

Screenplay by: Ken Englund, George Seaton, P. J. Wolfson, an adaptation of the play by Edwin Burke.
Director: Alexander Hall.
Produced by: William Perlberg.
Starring: Rosalind Russell and Melvyn Douglas.
Running Time: 98 minutes.

Zelig (1983)

Film includes archive footage of F. Scott Fitzgerald (with Zelig, of course). Woody Allen's fake documentary Zelig features the only available film material of Fitzgerald. The few second clip shows Fitzgerald while he is sitting at a desk writing a letter. Of course, Allen's commentary claims that he's writing about human chameleon Zelig. The episode is placed right at the beginning of the movie.

Studio: Orion Pictures.

Screenplay by: Woody Allen.
Director: Woody Allen.
Produced by: Robert Greenhut.
Starring: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow.
Running Time: 79 minutes.

Magnum P.I.: The Case of the Red-Faced Thespian (1984)

F. Scott Fitzgerald here is a personage. The story unfolds at cliche taking costume-party, one pair of the guests are playing Scott and Zelda.

Studio: Belisarius Productions, Glen A. Larson Productions, Universal Television - TV-series Magnum P.I. episode (season 4, episode 12).

Screenplay by: Robert Hamilton.
Director: Ivan Dixon.
Produced by: Reuben Leder.
Starring: Nolan Atherton (Scott) and Laurette Spang-McCook (Zelda).
Running Time: 44 minutes.

Calvin Klein: Obsession [F. Scott Fitzgerald] (1988)

Again, no direct connection with F. Scott Fitzgerald in this perfume commercial. Just style and text.

Studio: Calvin Klein.

Screenplay by: David Lynch.
Director: David Lynch.
Produced by: Calvin Klein.
Starring: Benicio Del Toro and Heather Graham.
Running Time: 30 seconds.

The Moderns (1988)

Not directly connected with F. Scott Fitzgerald (he's not here even for a short episode). The times here is early 1920's just before Fitzgerald'd arrival to Paris.

Studio: Nelson Entertainment.

Screenplay by: Jon Bradshaw.
Director: Alan Rudolph.
Produced by: David Blocker, Shep Gordon, Carolyn Pfeiffer.
Starring: Kevin J. O'Connor (Hemingway), Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, John Lone, and Genevieve Bujold.
Running Time: 122 minutes.

Being Boring, by Pet Shop Boys (1990)

Music Video for the song inspired by Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald letters.

Studio: Parlophone.

Screenplay by: Bruce Weber.
Director: Bruce Weber.
Produced by: Pet Shop Boys.
Starring: unknown.
Running Time: 5 minutes.

Mrs. Parker and Her Vicious Circle (1994)

Fitzgerald makes a very brief appearance in Mrs. Parker and her vicious circle. He's being portrayed by actor Malcolm Gets.

Studio: Miramax Films.

Screenplay by: Alan Rudolph and Randy Sue Coburn.
Director: Alan Rudolph.
Produced by: Robert Altman.
Starring: Malcolm Gets.
Running Time: 125 minutes.

New York - A Documentary Film: Cosmopolis 1914-1931 (1999)

This mini-series about history of New York includes 36 second archive fotage of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Studio: PBS TV movie, episode 5.

Screenplay by: Ric Burns and James Sanders.
Director: Ric Burns.
Produced by: Ric Burns and Lisa Ades.
Starring: documentary.
Running Time: 36 seconds (the complete production is nearly 15 hours long).

Dhadkan (2000)

This Bollywood movie is based on Withering Heights, but some Gatsby spirit is here, indeed. No direct connection with F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Studio: Venus Records & Tapes (India).

Screenplay by: Naseem Mukri.
Director: Dharmesh Darshan.
Produced by: Ratan Jain.
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Shilpa Shetty, Suniel Shetty, Mahima Chaudhr.
Running Time: 160 minutes.

The Ghost of F. Scott Fitzgerald (2002)

F. Scott Fitzgerald here is the spirit. Based on a story by Tom Tolnay: James Powell, a college senior, has fallen for Bess Gunther, a sophomore. But he faces one rather large obstacle: the attractive Bess is deeply in love with F. Scott Fitzgerald, or "Scotti," as she likes to call him. The obsession leads Bess down a road James prefers not to follow. Years later, however, he wonders whether she's the one that got away. The film was shot on location at Vassar College

Studio: indie movie.

Screenplay by: Charles Lyons, based on a story by Tom Tolnay.
Director: Charles Lyons.
Produced by: Paul Bernard and Jim Scura.
Starring: Alexa Davalos, Charlie Hofheimer, Sasha Andreev.
Running Time: 13 minutes.

Fitzgerald's Flask (2006)

Comic production, F. Scott Fitzgerald here is the ghost connected to his famous flask.

Studio: Snyder Films.

Screenplay by: Robert M. Snyder.
Director: Robert M. Snyder, Philip Snyder.
Produced by: Robert M. Snyder, Philip Snyder.
Starring: Robert M. Snyder, Peter B. Snyder, James P. MacGuire.
Running Time: 26 minutes.

Californication: The Great Ashby (2007)

Season 2 of Californication TV-series is called The Great Ashby. F. Scott Fitzgerald connection here is quite clear.

Studio: Showtime Entertainment, Aggressive Mediocrity, And Then, Totally Commercial Films.

Screenplay by: Tom Kapinos, Gabriel Roth.
Director: David Von Ancken.
Produced by: Tom Kapinos and David Duchovny.
Starring: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Callum Keith Rennie.
Running Time: 12 episodes x 20 minutes each (entire season plot).

Greek: The Great Cappy (2008)

Another serial episode, this time the Great is Cappy. Quite obvious connection with F. Scott Fitzgerald since the party to be made would be just like the Gatsby's party.

Studio: ABC Family - Piller Squared/The Segan Company^ Greek (season 1, episode 12).

Screenplay by: Patrick Sean Smith, Jed Seidel.
Director: Michael Lange.
Produced by: Anne Kenney.
Starring: Scott Michael Foster, Spencer Grammer, Senta Moses.
Running Time: 44 minutes.

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Short episode of this movie includes F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald in Paris.

Studio: Sony Pictures Classics.

Screenplay by: Woody Allen.
Director: Woody Allen.
Produced by: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Jaume Roures.
Starring: Tom Hiddleston and Alison Pill.
Running Time: 94 minutes.

Lives and Deaths of the Poets (2011)

Comic production released on Amazon instantvideo. F. Scott Fitzgerald here is just one of nearly eighty of biographical sketches.

Studio: Leland Steigs.

Screenplay by: Leland Steigs.
Director: Leland Steigs.
Produced by: Leland Steigs and Sydney-Chanele R. Dawkins.
Starring: Boris Alexander.
Running Time: 83 minutes.

The Xpose (2014)

Another Bollywood production. This mimicks Baz Luhrmann's style in Great Gatsby (2013) production, a slight connection with F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Studio: .

Screenplay by: Himesh Reshammiya, Jainesh Ejradar.
Director: Anant Mahadevan.
Produced by: Vipin Reshammiya.
Starring: Himesh Reshammiya, Sonali Raut, Zoya Afroz, Irrfan Khan.
Running Time: 134 minutes.

Genius (2016)

This film is about Max Perkins; F. Scott Fitzgerald here is showed for some short episode.

Studio: Riverstone Pictures, Pinewood Pictures, FilmNation Entertainment, Ingenious Media, Desert Wolf Productions, Michael Grandage Company.

Screenplay by: John Logan, based on book Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, by A. Scott Berg.
Director: Michael Grandage.
Produced by: James Bierman, Michael Grandage, John Logan, Tracey Seaward.
Starring: Guy Pearce and Vanessa Kirby.
Running Time: 104 minutes.

Перевод: Биография Скотта и Зельды Фицджеральдов на экране (Антон Руднев).