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Peyton Place (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 3 March 1958 (Sweden)
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A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals.



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Nominated for 9 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nellie Cross
Miss Elsie Thornton
Mr. Harrington
Seth Bushwell


It's the pre-WWII era. Peyton Place is a small town in New England, whose leading adult citizens rule the town with their high moral standards, which they try to pass on to their offspring. The adults, especially those that wield power largely through their positions and/or through their wealth, will not tolerate anything they believe morally improper, even if there is a hint of impropriety without comprehensive evidence to back up the hints. As their offspring grow from teenagers to adults, the offspring learn that there is much hypocrisy by the adults lying underneath that façade of proper Christian morals. The offspring begin to rebel in different ways, which is brought to public scrutiny with the arrival into town of an "outsider", the new young high school principal Michael Rossi, and through a murder trial. Written by Huggo

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

3 March 1958 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La caldera del diablo  »

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$25,600,000 (USA)

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(Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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Susan Hayward was early favorite for lead role. See more »


The real house in Camden, ME used for Lana Turner's home was duplicated at 20th Century-Fox, so that Turner did not have to travel to Maine to shoot any scenes, and its interiors built on soundstages. When Diane Varsi leaves the real house to go to school, the floral wallpaper of its real-life foyer can be seen through its open front door; the soundstage set had light grey walls in its foyer. See more »


Rodney Harrington: We were just playing a game called Photography. You turn off the lights and see what develops.
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Sweet Genevieve
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
Lyrics by George Cooper
Sung by the female vocal group at the Labor Day picnic
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The mother of all soap-operas
4 December 1998 | by (Clearwater, FL) – See all my reviews

Based on the bestselling novel by Grace Metalious, Peyton Place is a solid melodrama all about the secrets and scandals of a small New England town. John Michael Hayes did a fine job of adapting the book, tightening the plot and losing most of the cynicism, though it can be argued that the book's feminist slant was lost in the process as well. Mark Robson's direction is the model of craftsmanship; the film is slick entertainment that moves along smoothly and assuredly. And what a cast! Lana Turner justly earned an Academy Award nomination for her work her (sadly, her only nomination); obviously identifying with elements of the role, she delivers her most even keeled performance. She also has terrific chemistry with Diane Varsi, playing her daughter. Other great performances are provided by Hope Lange, Russ Tamblyn, Terry Moore, and Lloyd Nolan. Peyton Place is more than just an artifact of the 1950s; it's been highly influential, and if you don't believe me, just take a look at Dawson's Creek.

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