The Carpetbaggers
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Edward Dmytryk brings Harold Robbins' trashy, dirt-dishing Hollywood best-seller to the screen with George Peppard starring as Jonas Cord, a rancidly-sketched portrait of Howard Hughes. In 1925, when his father dies of a stroke, Jonas inherits the Cord Chemical factory, a manufacturer of dynamite and other explosives. Jonas proceeds with several cut-throat transactions, making a settlement with his sexy stepmother Rina (Carroll Baker) and liquidating the stock owned by cowhand Nevada Smith (Alan Ladd, in his final American film role). With the help of Mac McAllister (Lew Ayres), his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The sleazy pulp film was a blockbuster smash hit upon its release, proving to Hollywood that bad taste pays big dividends."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"One of the all-time great potboilers featuring a powerhouse performance by the always underrated George Peppard."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"The film was a blockbuster back in 1964 and could have been seen as the last word in silver screen sleaze ... at least as far as mainstream America was concerned."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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