The Carpetbaggers (1964)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  9 April 1964 (USA)
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Jonas Cord is a disagreeable rich young tycoon on the corporate make, with some subplots about booze, broads and Hollywood in the 1930's.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rina Marlowe Cord
Dan Pierce (as Bob Cummings)
Jennie Denton
Monica Winthrop
'Mac' McAllister
Bernard B. Norman
Ralph Taeger ...
Buzz Dalton
Archie Moore ...
Arthur Franz ...
Tom Tully ...
Audrey Totter ...


George Peppard plays a hard-driven industrialist more than a little reminiscent of Howard Hughes. While he builds airplanes, directs movies and breaks hearts, his friends and lovers try to reach his human side, and find that it's an uphill battle. The film's title is a metaphor for self-promoting tycoons who perform quick financial takeovers, impose dictatorial controls for short-term profits, then move on to greener pastures. Written by Jeanne Baker <>

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It is unlikely that you will experience in a lifetime all that you will see in... THE CARPETBAGGERS. See more »




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Release Date:

9 April 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Unersättlichen  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Once considered so racy it was advertised as being "for adults only", this film was re-released in 1972, and resubmitted to the MPAA for a rating. Indicating how much standards had changed in nearly a decade, it was given a PG (the PG-13 rating having not been created yet). See more »


When Jonus and Monica are touring the house, they walk into the master bedroom and she says, "adult playroom". Then the walk into the guest room supposedly, but you can tell it is the same door from a different angle, as the three thermostats are on the same side. See more »


Jonas Cord: What's the wildest thing you've ever done?
Monica Winthrop: I hope I haven't done it yet.
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Fictionalized maybe, but very recognizable.
27 December 2005 | by (Toronto Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This has got to be one of the finest fictionalized biographies ever presented. Obviously names and places may change, but the image of Howard Hughes shines through in the presentation of Jonas Cord, and the other characters included, or created for the development of this character. Obviously this speaks well of the writing of Harold Robbins, but it took the talents of George Peppard & co. to breathe into it the vibrant life that jumps off the screen into the consciousness of the viewer.

Definitely not a movie to be missed by anyone who is a fan of Harold Robbins!

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