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Peyton Place: Part Two
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This boxset contains 33 30 minute episodes, uncut, without commercials. The reason the studio is releasing the boxsets in "Parts" is because the serial did not run from season to season, but rather was broadcast like a continuing soap opera. "Peyton Place" ran continuously for 5 full years, every week, with a brand new episode, and it never aired reruns, or had a summer hiatus period; it ran straight through the summer with new shows. The serial is the only primtime series to ever air with all-new shows for its entire run, and no other show has ever done this since.
The first year was the show's best as Ryan O'Neil and Mia Farrow played star-crossed lovers Rodney and Allison. Things got worse for them as Betty Anderson, played by Barbara Parkins, pursued Rodney.
"Peyton Place" is regarded by most soap opera critics as being one of the best network serials ever broadcast, and it gave way to other primetime shows like "Dynasty".Read more ›
Among the shorter story arcs presented: George and Julie Anderson's marriage crumbles as George begins hallucinating and flashing back to his experiences in World War II. After running away to New York, Betty meets sophisticated "kept woman" Sharon Purcell (a luminous performance by actress Dayna Ceder -whatever happened to her?). Although Betty's New York adventure only lasts for six episodes, its impact will reverberate throughout the remainder of the program's run when Leslie Harrington's private detective makes a grievous misinterpretation of Betty's interaction with Sharon's associates. In other stories, Rodney and Allison move tentatively toward a relationship, while Norman Harrington finds a kindred spirit in the underprivileged Rita Jacks. Patricia Morrow's sensitive portrayal of a bad-girl-gone-good is absolutely flawless, with Rita eventually becoming one of the most beloved characters in the series.
However, it is Elliot Carson's return to Peyton Place in episode 32 which really drives the narrative for the next 30 episodes.Read more ›
From Shout Factory:
Thanks for being a fan! We only had the rights to put out the first two, however, we are in talks with the company that owns the rights, to see if we can put out any more. Stay tuned to our website for more information, [...].
Sincerely, Shout Factory
Highlights of the first season: The triangle of Rodney Harrington, Betty Anderson and Alison Mackenzie, Constance Mackenzie's dark secret from her daughter, the romantic development of Dr. Rossi and Constance Mackenzie, the wonderful acting of Casey Rogers as Mrs. Anderson, and the introduction of Lee Grant as Stella Chernak, who blows the other cast members away with her acting. I will not go into details of the plots because I am not a spoiler. It more fun for you to watch this for yourself.
I commend Shout: Factory for releasing these episodes so quickly to the Peyton Place fans and hopefully, a new generation of fans. It would be nice to have interviews with the surviving cast members of the show, especially Barbara Parkins, Mia Farrow and Dorothy Malone. Also, it would be nice to have the two t.v. movies based on the show released as a bonus feature.
Anyway, I love this show and thanks Shout for releasing this on dvd.
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Great good to see an old show
But disappointed want to watch Dvd season 3 and others season's in Peyton Place
I thought the two discs were the entire show but they're not The second disc starts out just like the first one does.Published 14 months ago by Gail T.
This is one of those superior 1960s TV-shows that has been overlooked over the decades. But the acting, set design,
writing, suspense, direction, music - EVERYTHING, is far... Read more
I was too young to watch Peyton Place when it first aired but heard of it often as a kid as one of the great TV shows in documentary specials about the history of TV. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lynn Ellingwood