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A forerunner to Aviator, this film has an unlikely George Peppard AND Alan Ladd dominating in this 1964 huge hit. A grand expose of ambition and unhappiness at the top in the 30's. It has been described as a Howard Hughes bio-drama by Harold Robbins * .
And what a climax this films has! Stay with this and watch the fight, the brutal fight between Alan Ladd and Peppard. It's one for the ages!
SEE the trailer here:
This film alone probably set the stage for some of television's biggest night-time hit soapers like DALLAS, in particular. Television however already had its huge hit night soaper in the early sixties, Peyton Place, which was the beginning of Ryan O'Neil's (Paper Moon) career.
SEE THE FULL FILM HERE:
A claw your eyes out dialog in this very 1960ish style this film along with so many others in its day were of a certain panoramic quality. I mean, they were shot as though everything was bigger than life itself on the screen. But then, the screen sizes were huge compared to today.
Contrary to RT's "movie info" synopisis, I really don't see any dirt-dishing best seller here. For its time maybe, but not now. Now all we really have is dirt-dishing constantly, whatever that truely means that is.
Interesting to see an older Alan Ladd (Shane) in the beginning of this one, but he bows out early in the film only to reappear as a Western movie star. He is the ONLY person our lead actor George Peppard admires, perhaps because in the film Ladd was more of a father to Peppard than his real one who dies early in the film.
Actress Ashely early in the film seems like Audrey Hepburn in this. The voice, the personality, the grace... its all Hepburn! Later, not so much. But the poor girl gets Peppard to marry her and in the end regrets it as Peppard is in love with the single life and the freedom he needs to build his many corporations.
He is all about ambition and greed and always self-centered.
60% A high class soap opera, and oddly entertaining because of that. The whole movie is overdone and loosely based on Howard Hughes.
not rated% The novel was an immense bestseller in its day and had a pre-existing audience so there was no way it was going to flop commercially. Knowing that is what attracted a very good cast of players to support Peppard and Baker who give some really good performances.
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
1 Harold Robbins,(May 21, 1916 - October 14, 1997) was an American author of popular novels. One of the best-selling writers of all time, he penned over 25 best-sellers, selling over 750 million copies in 32 languages.
2 * Among Robbins best-known books is The Carpetbaggers - loosely based on a composite of Howard Hughes, Bill Lear, Harry Cohn, and Louis B. Mayer
CastGeorge Peppard - Jonas Cord
Alan Ladd - Nevada Smith
Carroll Baker - Rina Marlowe Cord
Robert Cummings - Dan Pierce (billed 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
Charles Lane - Denby
Tom Lowell - David Woolf
John Conte - Ed Ellis
Vaughn Taylor - Doctor
Directed by Edward Dmytryk
Produced by Joseph E. Levine
Written by John Michael Hayes
Harold Robbins (novel)
Running time: 150 minutes, color
Not finished with this review but will be today!
A shallow but pretty, actually gorgeous, film about a Howard Hughes-like businessman who starts out in chemicals, moves along into airlines, airplane construction and finally to running a Hollywood movie studio. In his wake he leaves an assortment of damaged relationships and unhappy, disappointed friends and family. Itâ(TM)s a colorful soap opera with a large cast of characters that spans decades of the history of the American West. The psychoanalytic underpinnings to his drive for success, revealed near the end, canâ(TM)t make this pretty parade of gorgeous blondes, fast cars and fast planes into anything more than the high-gloss tombstone for the waning studio production system that it is. Itâ(TM)s beautiful but itâ(TM)s empty headed.
I absolutely love this film for it's unadulterated trashiness! Gripped from beginning to end. I've never enjoyed the films of these types of books before, but this one wins through.
The movie flopped back and forth from intriguing to nauseating, which I guess is par for the subject matter. I neither recommend nor warn you to stay away.
It's a sleazy cult classic that is full of nonsensical plot lines that moves through time real fast. It has a huge cast of talent and a director to back this movie up! It was originally too sleazy to be shown on TV and had to be cut to shreds. It was then released uncut to DVD and restored. It was found sexy enough by the MPAA to be rated...PG! You get to see George Peppard buy up companies like their candy and see Carroll Baker strip atop a chandelier that ends up crashing to the floor, Alan Ladd ends up in Tinseltown surprisingly enough in the movie even though his character is a nobody to begin with. It's trashy only because Harold Robbins wrote the novel!
Ruthless & Cruel Jonas Cord (George Peppard), is a Career Maker & Breaker but someone you don't dare care about because he feeds on your weakness & will eventually use it against you if you dare to care.They say that this is based on Howard Hughes, if that is the case, no wonder he became a recluse.
Somewhere between a 5/10 and 6/10, this lusty, gusty, vulgar, sleazy, glitzy, trashy Hollywood potboiler exemplifies why everyone goes to the movies for all the wrong reasons.
This was a hoot and a half! George Peppard stars as a money grubbing plane baron/motion picture studio owner who romances women and gets rid of em, and gets business done with men and then drops em when he doesnt need em anymore! All of this is played out with the subtlilty of a jackhanmmer by that 60's schlockmeister, Edward Dmytryk. Pretty awesome if I shall say so myself.
Can`t imagine what took me so long to see this?
Captivating performances and script. Added
bonus....some great aviation scenes !!