The Carpetbaggers (1964) was a Drama Film directed by Edward Dmytryk and produced by Joseph E. Levine.
The Carpetbaggers (1964) (2)on Nov 25, 2013 From Journeys in Classic Film
The formula for a Hollywood tale is straight-forward: Watch a semi-despicable protagonist navigate the cruel waters of stardom while meeting thinly veiled representations of real stars, rinse, repeat. ?The Carpetbaggers is the foremost example of this theorem, originally based on a Harold Robbins po... Read full article
The Carpetbaggers (1964) (1)By Brandy Dean on Oct 27, 2013 From Pretty Clever Films
The Carpetbaggers opens with a small bi-plane soaring through the clouds, accompanied by Elmer Bernstein’s gorgeous overwrought score. A solemn narrator tell us that this?the story of “the fictional and fabulous Jonas Cord Jr.” Junior, loosely based on Howard Hughes, proceeds to di... Read full article
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Jonas Cord: What do you want to see on your honeymoon?
Monica Winthrop: Lots of lovely ceilings!
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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Once considered so racy it was advertised as being "for adults only", this film was recently restored for its DVD release, and resubmitted to the MPAA for a rating. Indicating how much standards have changed in four decades, it was given a PG.
One of the appeals of the Harold Robbins novel on which this was based was guessing which real life figures the main characters were based on: Rina Marlowe is obviously based on Jean Harlow, Nevada Smith seems to be Tom Mix, Jonas Cord is generally believed to be a thinly-disguised Howard Hughes, and Jennie Denton may based on Joan Crawford.
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