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The Carpetbaggers -- onas 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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Harold Robbins (novel)
John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 April 1964 (USA) See more »
This is adult entertainment! See more »
Jonas Cord is a disagreeable rich young tycoon on the corporate make, with some subplots about booze, broads and Hollywood in the 1930's. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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"You've Become Your Father." See more (36 total) »


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George Peppard ... Jonas Cord

Alan Ladd ... Nevada Smith

Carroll Baker ... Rina Marlowe Cord

Robert Cummings ... Dan Pierce (as Bob Cummings)

Martha Hyer ... Jennie Denton

Elizabeth Ashley ... Monica Winthrop

Lew Ayres ... 'Mac' McAllister

Martin Balsam ... Bernard B. Norman
Ralph Taeger ... Buzz Dalton
Archie Moore ... Jedediah

Leif Erickson ... Jonas Cord Sr.
Arthur Franz ... Morrissey
Tom Tully ... Amos Winthrop
Audrey Totter ... Prostitute

Anthony Warde ... Moroni

Charles Lane ... Denby
Tom Lowell ... David Woolf
John Conte ... Ed Ellis

Vaughn Taylor ... Doctor
Francesca Bellini ... Cynthia Randall

Lisa Seagram ... Moroni's Secretary
Victoria Jean ... Jo Ann Cord
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Bacon ... Cowboy (uncredited)

Don 'Red' Barry ... Soundman (uncredited)
Oscar Blank ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Wag Blesing ... Cowboy (uncredited)

Lynn Borden ... Starlet in Restaurant (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Film Crew Member (uncredited)
George Calliga ... Theatre Patron (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Secretary (uncredited)
Roger Christian ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jacqueline D'Avril ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Henry Dar Boggia ... Photographer at Eiffel Tower (uncredited)

Frankie Darro ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Don Diamond ... Gambler (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Reporter (uncredited)
Peter Duryea ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
George Ford ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Kathleen Gately ... Secretary (uncredited)
Charles Giorgi ... Magazine Rep at Eiffel Tower (uncredited)
Virginia Graham ... Reporter (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Hoagland ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gladys Holland ... French Nurse (uncredited)
Chester Jones ... Porter (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Film Crew Member (uncredited)
Joel Lawrence ... Assistant Theatre Manager (uncredited)
Frank London ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Don Lynch ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Walter Maslow ... Reporter (uncredited)
Ed McCready ... Reporter (uncredited)
John McKee ... Joe Magro - Pilot (uncredited)
William Meader ... Photographer (uncredited)
Max Power ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Simon Prescott ... Reporter (uncredited)
Allan Ray ... Townsman (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... Monica's Lay-out Artist (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Theater Manager (uncredited)

James Sikking ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Strong ... Sheriff (uncredited)

Joe Turkel ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Reporter (uncredited)
Fred Zendar ... Photographer (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
Writing credits
Harold Robbins (novel "The Carpetbaggers")

John Michael Hayes (screenplay)

Produced by
Joseph E. Levine .... producer
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Frank Bracht 
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Arthur Krams 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair style supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Gary Morris .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sherry Wilson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
William W. Gray .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Moore .... assistant director (as D. Michael Moore)
Art Department
Gordon Cole .... props (uncredited)
Robert McCrillis .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound recordist (as John Carter)
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Jim Miller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Bud Parman .... boom operator (uncredited)
Bill Wistrom .... sound editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
George Barrows .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dewey Wrigley Jr. .... assistant camera
Duke Callaghan .... camera operator (uncredited)
Norbert Haring .... grip (uncredited)
Art Say .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dominic Seminerio .... grip (uncredited)
Chet Stafford .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Anderson .... costumer (uncredited)
Glenita Dinneen .... costumer (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Gildo Scarano .... costumer (uncredited)
Ruth Stella .... costumer (uncredited)
Music Department
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Claire Behnke .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Frank London .... dialogue coach
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Frank Tallman .... pilot: Fairchild KR-21 (uncredited)

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150 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Norway:15 | Portugal:17 (censored version) | Sweden:15 | UK:X | USA:Approved (original release) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:18 (original rating) | West Germany:12 (re-rating)

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Paramount's highest-grossing film of 1964.See more »
Continuity: 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, Sr.:What are you trying to prove? That you're a man? Well, a man is judged by what's in his head, not in his bed.See more »
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"You've Become Your Father.", 27 November 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

On one of the Star Trek feature films Spock refers to Jacqueline Susann and Harold Robbins from his vantage point in the future as the 'old masters' of 20th century earth literature. Is that a frightening prospect or what?

One of the earliest of master Robbins works to get to the silver screen was The Carpetbaggers. It's a novel about a young industrialist whose like a tornado in his business and personal life, destroying everything in the path of Jonas Cord, Jr.

George Peppard is the younger Cord, based on Howard Hughes as you will know within the first 15 minutes of the film. Peppard is singlemindedly determined to outdo his father, Leif Erickson in every way conceivable. Erickson dies at the beginning of the film leaving an industrial empire to Peppard who rules it 24/7.

There's also a young wife Erickson left, Rina Marlowe played by Carroll Baker. Think of Baby Doll grown up a bit and you have Carroll as Rina.

The novel was an immense bestseller in its day and had a pre-existing audience so there was no way it was going to flop commercially. Knowing that is what attracted a very good cast of players to support Peppard and Baker who give some really good performances. My favorite is Robert Cummings as the sly actor's agent who doublebangs Peppard in a business deal and then attempts some blackmail. He is truly a slimeball.

Of course you can't talk about The Carpetbaggers without talking about Alan Ladd. He plays Peppard's friend and confidante Nevada Smith, a cowboy who Erickson takes on to mentor young Peppard. And he does very well in the part.

Alan Ladd's wife Sue Carol was his agent and managed his career. Or mismanaged it in one sense. She never let him gracefully transition into good character parts like Nevada Smith as so many of his contemporaries did. She insisted that he had to be the leading man as he was in his big box office days at Paramount. It's too bad Ladd didn't live to see the good reviews he got even from critics who trashed The Carpetbaggers.

How good was it? Well if it was bad, I doubt a Nevada Smith movie would have ever been made.

Ironically Ladd was also in a cast with Robert Cummings and Lew Ayres both of whom transitioned into character roles and got work the rest of their lives.

The Carpetbaggers is trashy, no doubt about it. But it gets a good production from a good cast, a mixture of old and new Hollywood of the period.

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