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The Carpetbaggers (1964)

PG | | Drama | 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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Rina Marlowe Cord
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Dan Pierce (as Bob Cummings)
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Jennie Denton
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Monica Winthrop
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'Mac' McAllister
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Bernard B. Norman
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Buzz Dalton
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Jedediah
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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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It is unlikely that you will experience in a lifetime all that you will see in... THE CARPETBAGGERS. See more »

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9 April 1964 (USA)  »

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Los insaciables  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

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2.35 : 1
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Paramount's highest-grossing film of 1964. See more »

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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 »

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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 Apartment Zero (1988) See more »

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Waaaay over the top!
23 December 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Why anyone would bother to tell the Howard Hughes story and change all the names is anyone's guess, but here it is. THE CARPETBAGGERS is way over the top entertainment that somehow manages to skirt campiness despite casting George Peppard in the lead role. Never the most imaginative actor, Peppard is in virtually every scene and your tolerance for him will dictate how much fun you have watching this potboiler. The A-list supporting cast includes Lew Ayres, Alan Ladd, Martha Hyer, Elizabeth Ashley, and Martin Balsam. Carroll Baker appears briefly as Peppard's insanely too young stepmother and Bob Cummings is great as a shifty PR man. B-movie legend Audrey Totter has a great bit as a hooker who sets Peppard on the right road after a booze soaked binge. THE CARPETBAGGERS is directed by the hack Edward Dmytryk from the novel by Harold Robbins --- a match made in schlock heaven if ever there was one!


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