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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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John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
Grace Metalious (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
3 March 1958 (Sweden) See more »
Now all of it is on the screen! See more »
A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 9 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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157 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
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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Did You Know?

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 »
Crew or equipment visible: When the army bus taking the Peyton Place draftees away drives off, the camera crew is briefly reflected on the two last windows of the bus.See more »
Michael Rossi:I kissed you. You kissed me. That's affection, not carnality. That's affection, not lust. You ought to know the difference.See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Allison's Home Town, 3 October 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Granddaddy of all soap operas, Peyton Place has its place in film and television history. When the steamy best seller by Grace Metalious and film by Jerry Wald and 20th Century Fox were converted into a television series, it set a standard for evening prime time soap operas that some will argue has never been equaled.

Times have surely changed. Set in New England as it is if Peyton Place existed it's now in the vanguard of blue state America. But in 1941 Peyton Place in New England would probably have enjoyed keeping cool with native son Calvin Coolidge and no doubt voted for Hoover, Landon, and Wilkie instead of that radical FDR in the White House.

In this prim and proper New England town it's all about keeping up appearances. Everybody knows everyone so if things aren't quite fitting the America of Norman Rockwell you keep them behind closed doors.

Like Lana Turner never bothering to tell daughter Diane Varsi that she's an out of wedlock child, like poor Russ Tamblyn not being able to relate to the opposite sex in his teen years, like Hope Lange living with a brutal rampaging father in Arthur Kennedy who physically abuses her mother Betty Field and does more than that with her.

Leon Ames as the town's employer, owner of the mill where most of the town works maybe the leading citizen, but the town's moral authority is Lloyd Nolan, a very wise and caring doctor, the kind of small town doctor who's a passing memory.

It's impossible to describe the plot of Peyton Place because there are so many strands in the plot fabric. It all works very well courtesy of screenwriter John Michael Hayes and director Mark Robson. The whole thing is narrated by Diane Varsi as Allison McKenzie who grew up and wrote a book about her home town.

Peyton Place got nine Oscar nominations, but unfortunately lost a lot of awards it was up for to The Bridge On The River Kwai. Lana Turner's one and only nomination came in a year that the Academy voters gave the Best Actress Award to relative newcomer Joanne Woodward. Russ Tamblyn and Arthur Kennedy split the vote and Red Buttons won for Sayonara for Best Supporting Actor and the same thing happened with the Best Supporting Actress with Diane Varsi and Hope Lange splitting for Miyoshi Umeki to win for Sayonara as well.

The Code was still firmly in place and had it not been I think Russ Tamblyn's character would have been more explicitly gay. Here he's a timid young man not comfortable with the opposite sex and not real popular among his own heterosexist males. Then as now, gays are not real comfortable in most small towns.

Still for those who like their big screen soap operas, you'll love Peyton Place, even with changing mores the film holds up well.

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