Based on Grace Metalious' best-selling novel, PEYTON PLACE received an impressive Nine Academy Award nominations in 1957, including Best Picture. Lana Turner's celebrated performance as Constance MacKenzie, the single mother of a beautiful teen, (Diane Yarsi) earned her a Best Actress nomination (Yarsi received Best Supporting Actress consideration as well.) While Constance and the other parents in a picture-perfect New Hampshire town strive to keep their teenagers on the straight and narrow, scandals whirl around them. A drunken school caretaker (Arthur Kennedy, nominated for Best Supporting Actor) traumatizes his stepdaughter, which prompts a murder, a trial and the revelation that nothing is as it seems in this beautifully photographed, spell-binding drama filled with a stellar cast. RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE: Residents of PEYTON PLACE are up in arms after Allison MacKenzie (Carol Lynley) writes a scandalous novel whose characters and events closely mirror those in her hometown. Even her stepfather's (Robert Sterling) position as a high-school principal is threatened after he refuses to remove MacKenzie's book from the school library. But the controversy doesn't end there--in Manhattan, editing her book, MacKenzie is tempted become involved with her married publisher (Jeff Chandler). Back in the small town of Peyton Place, a miserable matriarch (Mary Astor) tries to destroy her son's marriage because of her own bigotry.
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on February 17, 2014
I saw these when I was a child and they stuck with me. So naturally I have to have them they're as good as I remembered. I Love Movies with Lana Turner she was so graceful and elegant.
on September 19, 2013
PEYTON PLACE with primary location photography in Camden, Maine and staring Lana Turner and Lee Philips is a classic. Franz Waxman's beautiful score is so endearing and it's main title theme is also one of the cinema's greatest melodies. RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE is an interesting sequel from the point of view that none of the cast from Peyton Place reprise their roles and the time period seems to have been moved up 10 or 15 years without the principal characters aging. This film retains the feel of the original in some of the scenes (especially behind the credits where many of the pastoral New England shots from the original were used), but it has a back lot studio look about it in other scenes. Unlike the original, a good portion of this story takes place in New York City as it revolves its focus amongst the pairs of main characters. The story is standard soap opera material, yet it does not fail to entertain thanks to fine performances from a menacing Mary Astor, a charming and gracious Jeff Chandler and a noble Robert Sterling. Not to its detriment nor benefit, the main characters of this piece consist of the film's younger cast members who's performances are just standard with the exception of Tuesday Weld. However, the film benefits from beautiful color photography and Franz Waxman's reworking of his original Peyton Place score.