With Robert Cummings, Martha Hyer, Carroll Baker, George Peppard, Alan Ladd, Elizabeth Ashley, Lew Ayres, Martin Balsam, Ralph Taeger, Archie Moore, Leif Erickson, Arthur Franz, Tom Tully, Audrey Totter, Anthony Warde, Charles Lane, Tom Lowell, John Conte, Vaughn Taylor, Francesca Bellini
The Carpetbaggers is a 1964 American film directed by Edward Dmytryk, based upon the best-selling novel The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins. It stars George Peppard as Jonas Cord, a character based loosely on Howard Hughes, and Alan Ladd as Nevada Smith, a former western gunslinger turned actor. Carroll Baker portrays an actress. The film is a landmark film of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, venturing further than most films of the period with its heated sexual embraces, innuendo, and sadism between men and women, much like the novel, where "there is sex and/or sadism every 17 pages".
Filmed in 35mm Panavision, this was one of the first movies to be blown up to 70mm for premiere screening. The picture was the final film of Alan Ladd; he died some months before its release. Dmytryk followed this film the same year with Where Love Has Gone, also based on a Robbins' novel.