- On the cover of a 1964 issue of Screen Stories
magazine, there's blond goddess Carroll Baker during
the I-can't-believe-it's-not-Marilyn phase of her film
career. Next to her in big, ripe letters is "'The
Carpetbaggers' -- the most daring, revealing movie of
"The Carpetbaggers," which opened April 9, 1964,
didn't reveal anything that today's fifth-graders
haven't already seen, but for its time the film might
as well have walked around with an adhesive name tag:
"Hi! I'm a torrid potboiler."
The story was adapted from Harold Robbins' pulpy
best-seller about a ruthless Howard Hughes-like tycoon
(George Peppard) and the women who decorate his
bedroom. The film's leering promotional campaign --
"This is adult entertainment" -- and its risqu�
content gave the Hollywood Production Code some
anxious moments, and may have helped drive the code to
its death in 1967.
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