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Movies: “The Carpetbaggers”

July 8, 1964 - Paramount Pictures announced today that “The Carpetbaggers” had grossed almost $1 million in 25 New York area theaters in its first week.

It said that the figure was the highest ever reached for a film.

The drama, the company said, earned $82,234 at Broadway’s Paramount Theater, $838,401 at 24 other houses in New York City, and $691,793 at 50 additional theaters in New Jersey, Connecticut, upper New York State, and Suffolk County.

The total, $1,612,428, makes the film Paramount’s biggest hit since “Psycho.”

The film, directed by Edward Dmytryk, is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Harold Robbins and stars Carroll Baker (pictured at the Paramount Theater), George Peppard, and Allen Ladd.

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