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Director:
Writers:
John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
Grace Metalious (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
3 March 1958 (Sweden) See more »
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Plot:
A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 9 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
High-class soap to rank with the best See more (77 total) »

Cast

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Lana Turner ... Constance MacKenzie

Lee Philips ... Michael Rossi

Lloyd Nolan ... Dr. Swain

Arthur Kennedy ... Lucas Cross

Russ Tamblyn ... Norman Page

Terry Moore ... Betty Anderson

Hope Lange ... Selena Cross

Diane Varsi ... Allison MacKenzie

David Nelson ... Ted Carter
Barry Coe ... Rodney Harrington
Betty Field ... Nellie Cross

Mildred Dunnock ... Miss Elsie Thornton

Leon Ames ... Mr. Harrington

Lorne Greene ... Prosecutor
Robert H. Harris ... Seth Bushwell
Tami Conner ... Margie
Staats Cotsworth ... Charles Partridge
Peg Hillias ... Marion Partridge
Erin O'Brien-Moore ... Mrs. Evelyn Page
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Jim Brandt ... Messenger (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Edith Clair ... Miss Colton (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Army Sergeant (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Judge (uncredited)
Edwin Jerome ... Cory Hyde (uncredited)
Kip King ... Pee Wee (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Bailiff (uncredited)
William Lundmark ... Paul Cross (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... White Hall Inn Bar Patron (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Naval Officer (uncredited)

Scotty Morrow ... Joseph 'Joey' Cross (uncredited)
Audrey Preisendorf ... Extra (Parade) (uncredited)
Vernon Preisendorf ... Extra (Parade) (uncredited)
Alan Reed Jr. ... Matt (uncredited)
Steffi Sidney ... Kathy (uncredited)
Alfred Tonkel ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Guest at Whitehall Inn (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mark Robson 
 
Writing credits
John Michael Hayes (screenplay)

Grace Metalious (from the novel by)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (director of photography) (as William Mellor)
 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton (film editor)
James B. Clark (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Bertram C. Granger (set decorations) (as Bertram Granger)
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Buddy King .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Herman .... assistant director
Jack Gertsman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Frank Moran .... sound
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Don Isaacs .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Jim Leppert .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Bates Mason .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Mitchell .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
Adene Henderson .... costumes: women (uncredited)
Frank Roberts .... costumes: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Arthur Grinnell .... musicians coordinator: marching band (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Curtis Harrington .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Fred Perkins .... dialectician (uncredited)
Helen Thackery .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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157 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | UK:15 | USA:Approved (certificate #18628) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
Susan Strasberg was initially set to play Allison. However, when she upped her salary, she was fired. For a short period, Debbie Reynolds was set to replace her. Eventually, 20 famous actresses were tested before the unknown Diane Varsi got the role.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: "You'll Never Know" wasn't introduced until 1943 (by Alice Faye in Hello Frisco Hello), but is played here at a 1941 Graduation ceremony.See more »
Quotes:
Lucas Cross:Might do your kids a lot more good to learn how to handle a bottle of liquor, instead of an algebra problem.
Mrs. Thornton:You're talking like a fool.
Lucas Cross:[Defiantly] Ohh, be I?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in No Panic (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
Joy to the WorldSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
High-class soap to rank with the best, 2 November 1999
Author: BobLib from Cherry Hill, New Jersey

When I saw "Peyton Place" recently on AMC for the first time, my thought was: "This is it? This is what drove the puritans into a foaming frenzy 42 years ago? There's more filth and dirt in the dumpster!" While it's true that the world has taken more than a few spins since 1957, and while it's true that the film tends to date a bit, "Peyton Place" is still, at it's best, top-notch entertainment.

Lana Turner, in what was, regrettably, her only Oscar-nomination, scores solidly as the pivotal character of Constance McKenzie. Diane Varsi, whose life and career would go out of control soon after (remember "Wild in the Streets?"), is equally compelling as Allyson McKenzie, her daughter. Arthur Kennedy lends his usual understated but powerful presence to the principal heavy of the piece, Lucas Cross, and the young Hope Lange, whom a later generation probably remembers best for TV's "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," gives a solid performance as Selena Cross, the girl with a secret from the wrong side of the tracks. Others in the notable cast include such reliable performers as Lloyd Nolan, Russ Tamblyn, Betty Field, and a two years pre - "Bonanza" Lorne Greene, all turning in fine performances.

If you can, see this film in letterbox, if only for the beautiful Camden, Maine, scenery, beautifully captured by William C. Mellor's cameras. And, if you don't think this film's been influential, look at all it's successors, including the only TV series ever to have been on three times a week during the '60's, and today's "Dawson's Creek" and "Melrose Place." Here's the film that started it all, though, and it's still solid entertainment, especially if you put yourself in a late-'50's mindset while watching it.

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