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- kevin sellers
As a movie about Howard Hughes I liked it better than "The Aviator". John Michael Hayes' screenplay is, as per usual with this scribe, too on the nose, and I agree with the previous reviewer who panned Peppard and Baker's performances, but, as with "Mommie Dearest", you find yourself asking, "If this is such a crappy film then why am I having so much fun watching it?" That the answer could be, "Because I'm a shallow sucker" I admit never entered my head. Give it a solid B.
Great Trashfest from the 60's
As a teenager I devoured all of the lurid Harold Robbins novels with guilty pleasure. The Carpetbaggers was my favorite. The novel is quite long and meanders down a few back-roads to tell the story of Jonas Cord. The film focuses on the basic story-line and leaves out most of the sex and perversion. This is one of the great splashy, trashy films of the 60's. Leonard Maltin called it "blowzy claptrap." That it certainly is, and more. George Peppard is the wooden star and Carroll Baker proves, again, that she was one of Hollywood's worst actresses. But, who cares? Just wallow in one of the great "post code" movies. In the 60's, after the Hays Code lost it's bite, Hollywood was testing the boundaries of sex and nudity, just like in the "Pre-code" days. The Carpetbaggers claims to have the first "nude scene" shot by a major studio. Laughable by today's standards, all you see is Baker's naked back. If I recall correctly Elizabeth Taylor did a heavily veiled nude scene in Cleopatra in 1963. TCM should do a festival of these "over the top" 60's pot-boilers like Harlow, Where Love Has Gone, This Property is Condemned, All the Fine Young Cannibals and so on. It would be fun to see them back to back.
- Douglas Warren
Fantastic from what I saw. I am quite disappointed right now having anxiously awaited seeing entire movie on my computer this morning only to see it not available.
It Was The Best Of Times it Was the Worst of Times
George Pappard what a great actor only he could do justice to the roll as a million air and mental problems putting the two together was great. Also Alan Ladd may only be 5' but 6 1/2 ft on the screen. For a movie over two hours long never a dull moment.
WHY, why, why does TMC ignore this movie !
You can find some aspects of any film to pan, but this movie, based on a popular novel of the times, was really entertaining; better than so many flimsy "plots" of today. I can not understand why TMC ignores this film (which I firmly believe would be good for RATINGS !) Strange (I may be mistaken) but it seems TMC does not show films of most/any of the actors in this film ?
The best film based on a Harold Robbins novel. Should be included in an eventual tribute to Carroll Baker. How about it, TCM?
- a grubbs
Please, I have been waiting for you to show this movie, it is one of my all time favorites
- a g
This is a great movie, please, please show this movie again!!!
The Carpetbaggers 1964 George Peppard
Another great movie which played over 2 years ago, but never on TCM to my knowledge. Please please please run this movie in your scheduled line-up.
George Peppard Superstar!!
- David Atkins
MGM signed George Peppard to an exclusive 7 year contract and cast Peppard in Vincente Minnell's great Home From The Hill. and in the all star Cinerama Western hit How The West Was Won, on loan to Paramount for Breakfast At Tiffany's with the peerless Audrey Hepburn, and to Columbia for Carl Foreman's all star The Victors with Albert Finney, Melina Mecouri, Peppard had a dazzling ascent to stardom. On loan to Paramount again for The Carpetbaggers Peppard climbed to the top of the Hollywood star ladder. This is an outrageously great film co starring Alan Ladd, Carroll Baker (who had played Peppard's Mother a year earlier in How the West Was Won!). Ralph Taeger is also cast. They simply do not make movies like this anymore! Shameless fun seeing Peppard do a Howard Hughes turn as Jonas Cord. After this film George Peppard would return to MGM finish out his contract with Sophia Loren in the great war film Operation Crossbow.
- Alethea Thomas
They don't make 'em like this anymore. This movie may have been a bit exaggerated, but the fine acting makes it almost believable. George Peppard was at his best ever. TCM, Please show it ASAP!
off the hook
gp is the man (howard hughes wannabe)
ENJOYABLE MOVIE......THOUGHT ENDING WAS UNREALISTIC AND TOO NEAT.....ALSO WONDER IF G.P. HAD ENOUGH GRAVITAS FOR ROLE
A Powerful Epic Drama
- Bruce Reber
"The Carpetbaggers", in my opinion, has to be one of the most underrated and underappreciated films ever. It combines money, power, greed, sex and excellent performances from a first-rate cast.This is one of the best movies based on a Harold Robbins novel.I recommend it to anyone who has not seen it, and after they have I think they will agree wtih me.