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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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Now all of it is on the screen! See more »
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:
Sentimentality Meets Sensationalism See more (77 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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
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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Runtime:
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:
Twentieth Century-Fox wanted either Jane Wyman or Olivia de Havilland for the role of Constance MacKenzie.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The scenes of the church bulletin boards shows that the rector of St Thomas' Episcopal Church is the Rev. Haig Nargesian. The movie is set in the early 1940s, Rev. Nargesian did not begin his time at St Thomas' until 1950.See more »
Quotes:
Constance MacKenzie:All men are alike. The approach is different; the result is always the same.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Joy to the WorldSee more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Sentimentality Meets Sensationalism, 4 August 2005
Author: Michael Bragg (Michael27@aol.com) from Foster City, CA

Grace Metalious' explosive best-selling novel is given the Hollywood treatment in 1957's "Peyton Place". Devoid of so much of the nonsense that has been known to permeate other melodramas, "Peyton Place" is a beautifully filmed, effective film that uncovers the hidden scandals of a quaint, New England town. With fine acting, score and cinematography, this screen classic translates well from its literary heritage. And the film's unraveling of the town's secrets is handled well - building up like a ball of snow as each successive scandal is unearthed.

We meet the townspeople from the point-of-view of Allison Mackenzie(Diane Varsi), the sweet and sheltered daughter of Constance(Lana Turner). Constance struggles to be a good mother and community member, while rebuffing the advances of handsome school principal, Michael Rossi(Lee Philips). On the other side of the tracks live Constance's housekeeper whose daughter, Selena(Hope Lange), struggles as a victim of abuse by her own step-father. In the midst of these primary plots are several other tales revolving around sex, love and the war. No one is immune to the reveal of secrets, which have a domino effect all across town.

"Peyton Place" shook the foundation of Hollywood's censorship board by exposing such taboo topics as sexual abuse and abortion, but not once does it come off as exploitative. On the contrary, the film is firmly grounded in emotion and genuine feeling. And while the movie straddles the line of good taste, a plot involving the war effort and its effect on the young men of Peyton Place proves to be profound. Lana Turner does her job well as the repressed mother. In fact, heated passion can be sensed underneath her aloof, icy-cold exterior - a chill factor even more effective 2 years later in "Imitation of Life". And the incredibly good-looking Lee Philip is a perfect match the screen beauty. But it is really with the sensitive performances of Diane Varsi and Hope Lange that this film gains its legs. And Lloyd Nolan cannot be overlooked as the town's warm-hearted doctor. "Peyton Place" could have been a heaving, overblown showcase, but instead made its way into becoming an important melodrama that has stood the test of time.

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