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The Carpetbaggers (1964)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jonas Cord
... Nevada Smith
... Rina Marlowe Cord
... Dan Pierce (as Bob Cummings)
... Jennie Denton
... Monica Winthrop
... 'Mac' McAllister
... Bernard B. Norman
... Buzz Dalton
... Jedediah
... Jonas Cord Sr.
... Morrissey
... Amos Winthrop
... Prostitute
... 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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Drama | Romance

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9 April 1964 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$28,409,547

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,000,000, 31 January 1977
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(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The early life of Alan Ladd's character that was told in the novel was made into the Steve McQueen film Nevada Smith (1966). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Rina Marlowe Cord: I'll give you a geography lesson some time.
Dan Pierce: [looking her over] I think I've just had one.
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Referenced in Echoes of Silence (1965) See more »

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A TYCOON'S LIFE IN EPIC PROPORTIONS
20 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

Based on the best seller by Harold Robbins, this tale of ruthless tycoon Jonas Cord Jr. is no doubt the apparent life story of Howard Hughes. Though the raunchy sexual escapades in the novel have been all but dropped, this was considered very adult and daring at the time of its initial release in 1964. George Peppard plays Jonas Cord Jr. In the first opening scenes, we're treated to a young carefree Jonas with little on his mind except sex and thrills. This soon changes when his father dies of a sudden heart attack and leaves Jr. his vast holdings. Jonas takes dad's ample assets and sets his sights on multiplying everything in as quickly and as calculatingly a manner as possible. He also thinks nothing of toying with his late father's sexy young widow, Rina played by Carroll Baker. He buys her out and sends her packing. Alan Ladd is longtime mentor & friend Nevada who watches these shenanigans from the sidelines and cleans up the mess. Elizabeth Ashley is wonderful as Monica, whom Jonas marries, only to neglect when he tires of her desire to become a mother. Robert Cummings is very effective as a slimy agent, and the always outstanding Martin Balsam is equally as good as a Harry Cohn like studio head. Martha Hyer, who usually plays cool well bred blondes, is surprisingly convincing as call girl Jennie Denton. Small parts are very well played by Leif Erickson, Audrey Totter, and Lew Ayres. Great musical score by Elmer Bernstein, and terrific photography by Joseph MacDonald. This movie is like having a television mini series rolled into a 2& half hour movie.


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