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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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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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Carroll Baker, who played George Peppard's step mother/lover also played his mother 2 years earlier in "How the west was won". George Peppard is almost 3 years older than Carroll Baker. See more »


At about the 2 hour point, Rena and studio stooge, David, are talking in her house. As the camera angles change, the background set switches between a bookcase and a railing behind them while the scene remains the same. See more »


Jonas Cord: What do you want to see on your honeymoon?
Monica Winthrop: Lots of lovely ceilings!
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Your Typical Hollywood/Business Heel
20 October 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

"The Carpetbaggers" is a great campy movie. Everybody in the cast plays their parts to the hilt. Everything in the movie is over exaggerated: the storyline, the acting, the colorful costumes, and set. For my money, it is the sexiest movie ever made before censureship finally ended in the movies. Of course, this movie is based loosely on Howard Hughes' life. Howard Hughes' reaction to the movie was it didn't resemble much of his life.

Except for Alan Ladd, this is George Peppard, Carol Baker, and Elizabeth Ashley's best roles. This was Alan Ladd's last movie and it is a tribute to his talent and his quiet masculinity.

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