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Peyton Place (1957)

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

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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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La caldera del diablo  »

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$25,600,000 (USA)
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Some of the shots of the New England fall were actually shot for The Trouble with Harry (1955). See more »

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Selena's lawyer informs her that the prosecutor in her murder trial is being sent from Portland. The prosecutor would in fact have been sent from Augusta, the State capitol. (Although the book was set in Connecticut, the film is set in Maine.) See more »

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Betty Anderson: [to the other girls, while she's trying on a revealing red dress in Mrs. MacKenzie's shop] Just remember: men can see much better than they can think. Believe me, a low-cut neckline does more for a girl's future than the entire Britannica encyclopedia.
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Pat Hingle as Constance MacKenzie
20 January 2007 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

I read in the 'trivia' section of this website that Joan Crawford and Pat Hingle were both interested in portraying Constance MacKenzie. I think Pat Hingle would have been an interesting choice for that pivotal role. He and Mike Rossi would have set the screen afire in their lovemaking scenes together. Joan Crawford would have been too old for the part. But Pat Hingle seems just the right age. Few people remember how he oozed with almost feral sexuality back in the 50s. If they ever remake "Peyton Place" I hope they reconsider having Pat Hingle play Constance. I think he was born for the part. All he'd need is a little rouge and some pancake.


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