Jonas Cord is a disagreeable young tycoon who's building planes, directing films and catting around on the corporate make in 1930's Hollywood.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Harold Robbins (novel), John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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

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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 »

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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Version of Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies (2000) See more »

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fine as a time-filler
28 April 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Harold Robbins' potboiler comes to the screen, trying to be something it isn't. Main character Jonas Cord is supposedly based on Howard Hughes, but George Peppard doesn't really convince in this role. Perhaps you need more than just good looks to be a trash fiction hero. Alan Ladd, in his final role, plays Nevada Smith, older friend of Cord and washed-up movie star – the role was played by Steve McQueen in a later film – and is okay, but again, somehow not quite right. Carroll 'Baby Doll' Baker is Cord's predatory step-mother; Elizabeth Ashley, Leif Erickson, Robert Cummings, Lew Ayres, Audrey Totter and Martha Hyer also contribute.

Perhaps the problem with 'The Carpetbaggers' is that it is never in danger of progressing beyond a simmer and the film really needs more to do the novel justice. This aside, it is fairly enjoyable as a time-filler and has moments enough not to completely disappoint: it also pointed the way for the glossy US soap operas of the 1970s and 1980s.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Embassy Pictures See more »
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3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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