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The Carpetbaggers (1964)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 9 April 1964 (USA)
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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Bernard B. Norman
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Buzz Dalton
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Amos Winthrop
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Moroni
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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 <jbaker@erim.org>

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9 April 1964 (USA)  »

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Die Unersättlichen  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$28,409,547 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Francis campaigned for the Jennie Denton role that eventually went to Martha Hyer. See more »

Goofs

When Jonas 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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 14 June 1964 (1964) See more »

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A pattern for JR and co.
1 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

The wealthy family saga has always been an audience's favorite:think "giant" (1956) or "written on the wind"(same year) or "home from the hill"(1960,which featured George Peppard too).The genre became essentially a TV show afterwards,the likes of "Dallas" and "Dynasty".Today,it has almost died down.

"The carpetbaggers" is very unlikely story of a tycoon who pushes the others out of his way and whose heart of stone nobody can break.Add the de rigueur childhood trauma -which,as anyone past infancy should know,explains everything!Around him , a bevy of beautiful women :Caroll Baker,as his attractive mother-in-law(!)Martha Hyer as a would be actress,and Elizabeth Ashley as his deceived wife .Alan Ladd plays a movie star down on his luck ,because of the coming of the talkies.It's his swansong and his last scene with Peppard is impressive.So impressive we could do without the implausible mushy epilogue which follows.

George Peppard is extremely good and it's his performance that saves the movie from tediousness.As for Edward Dmytryk,his best works("the Caine mutiny" "the young lions") were behind him and what came next would be disastrous(notably the western "Shalako" with Brigitte Bardot and Sean Connery)


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