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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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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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One of the actresses tested for the lead role was Katharine Ross, who was working in a theater group in San Francisco at the time and was brought down to Los Angeles to test. She didn't get the part, but executives at Universal Pictures saw her test, liked it and signed her to a long-term contract. See more »


As Dan and Rina Marlowe drive from the train station, circa 1927, there are a couple of 1940s cars parked in driveways in the background. 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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20 October 2000 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

Based on the best seller by Harold Robbins, this tale of ruthless tycoon Jonas Cord Jr. is no doubt the apparent life story of Howard Hughes. Though the raunchy sexual escapades in the novel have been all but dropped, this was considered very adult and daring at the time of its initial release in 1964. George Peppard plays Jonas Cord Jr. In the first opening scenes, we're treated to a young carefree Jonas with little on his mind except sex and thrills. This soon changes when his father dies of a sudden heart attack and leaves Jr. his vast holdings. Jonas takes dad's ample assets and sets his sights on multiplying everything in as quickly and as calculatingly a manner as possible. He also thinks nothing of toying with his late father's sexy young widow, Rina played by Carroll Baker. He buys her out and sends her packing. Alan Ladd is longtime mentor & friend Nevada who watches these shenanigans from the sidelines and cleans up the mess. Elizabeth Ashley is wonderful as Monica, whom Jonas marries, only to neglect when he tires of her desire to become a mother. Robert Cummings is very effective as a slimy agent, and the always outstanding Martin Balsam is equally as good as a Harry Cohn like studio head. Martha Hyer, who usually plays cool well bred blondes, is surprisingly convincing as call girl Jennie Denton. Small parts are very well played by Leif Erickson, Audrey Totter, and Lew Ayres. Great musical score by Elmer Bernstein, and terrific photography by Joseph MacDonald. This movie is like having a television mini series rolled into a 2& half hour movie.

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