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Peyton Place -- Based on the novel by Grace Metalious, Peyton Place is about life in a small New England town.
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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 »
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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:
Argentina:13 | 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:
The film's title was later immortalized in the lyrics to Jeannie C. Riley's 1968 hit "Harper Valley P.T.A".See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: At Selena's trial, the prosecutor recalls her to the stand. There are several errors in this. Under the Constitution a person cannot be compelled to testify against himself, so the prosecution could not force Selena, the defendant, to take the stand as a witness against herself; she could only take the stand if first called by her own side, the defense. This means that Selena could only have been "recalled" to the stand had the defense already called her. However, the order of trial is for the prosecution to present its case first, followed by the defense. Therefore, since Selena could not be called to the stand in the first place other than by the defense, and since the defense had not yet begun its case, it was not possible for the prosecutor to have "recalled" Selena.See more »
Quotes:
Allison MacKenzie:Nelly.
Nellie Cross:Yeah?
Allison MacKenzie:You've been a daughter and a mother. Which one is worse?
Nellie Cross:Being a mother.
Allison MacKenzie:Why?
Nellie Cross:You find yourself doing the same things you hated your own mother and father doing.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in No Panic (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
Keep Your Sunny Side UpSee more »

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19 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
More like it, 8 June 2006
Author: ryancm from United States

PEYTON PLACE has had quite a reputation as a book and a movie. The movie is BASED on the book, and is NOT the book. In my opinion, the film is much better. Attitudes have changed and I can imagine what the film would be like if it were re-made. What was implied in the book would be glorified on the screen. Besides, the film makers of today can't hold a candle to the film makers of yore. Small town scandal has been a topic for movies forever and a day, but none better than PEYTON PLACE. The acting is first rate, especially by DIANE VARSI; HOPE LANGE and LANA TURNER in the lead female roles. The male roles are a bit underdeveloped and LEE PHILLIPS seems a bit off as Michael Rossi. However, the more I see the film the more he grows on me, as does the entire film. The location sites are great as is the cinematography. The lush score by Franz Waxman really seals the films brilliance. This movie must be seen on the wide-screen with stereo sound for the full impact and appreciation. PEYTON PLACE clocks in at 2 hours and 37 mins., but could have been longer. The only distraction is the rear projection for Lana Turners exterior scenes. It's quite obvious she did not go on location. There are even doubles for her in the long shots. Besides these minor distractions, PEYTON PLACE is a must repeat viewing again and again. A shame the career of Diane Varsi stalled so quickly after three more films. I went to school with her sister, Gail, and I'm know she would have gone on to stardom if she had the chance. She was equally talented.

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