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The Carpetbaggers (1964)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 21 October 1964 (UK)
Jonas Cord is a disagreeable rich young tycoon on the corporate make, with some subplots about booze, broads and Hollywood in the 1930's.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Harold Robbins (novel), John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
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Cast

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Unersättlichen See more »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Embassy Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Alan Ladd's final film before his death on January 29, 1964 at the age of 50. See more »

Goofs

When Jonas 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 »

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 Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers: The Carpetsnaggers (1989) 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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