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


Edward Dmytryk


Harold Robbins (novel), John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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George Peppard and Elizabeth Ashley got married two years after the filming of the movie. See more »


The slide rule that Jonas holds after talking with Buzz and Phil (Morrissey) at the aircraft factory is of 1960's plastic construction; a slide rule of the period would be made of wood, visible as such at the ends. See more »


Jonas Cord: What do you want to see on your honeymoon?
Monica Winthrop: Lots of lovely ceilings!
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Referenced in The Bob Hope Vietnam Christmas Show (1966) See more »

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Watch for Alan Ladd.
25 August 2018 | by movieswithgregSee all my reviews

If you don't know who Alan Ladd is, then disregard the rest of this review.

Without Ladd, this is a fun, early 60s splashy scandalous colorful morality tale with pricey production values.

With Ladd, it's a study of old hollywood historical roman a clefs surrounding Howard Hughes and the early days of moving pictures. Ladd, a hollywood legend who the fans loved, but who critics usually dismissed, and whose star had faded to a dim glow by now, plays a role he's too old for, but works it beyond his historical acting abilities, and gives this big hit of its time the only soul it has.

This movie is doubly good if you love movies and know a bit about hollywood history.

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Release Date:

21 October 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Carpetbaggers See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Embassy Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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