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Return to Peyton Place (1961)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  5 May 1961 (USA)
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The residents of Peyton Place, New Hampshire, are not happy when its most famous resident, Alison Mackenzie, writes a "shocking" novel detailing the sinful secrets of the town. Most ... See full summary »

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The residents of Peyton Place, New Hampshire, are not happy when its most famous resident, Alison Mackenzie, writes a "shocking" novel detailing the sinful secrets of the town. Most outraged is malicious Roberta Carter, who wants the book banned from the school library. Roberta's other mission is to destroy her son Ted's marriage to his Italian bride. Theirs, however, isn't the only marriage in trouble: Alison's book is causing a rift between her mother and stepfather, who is also the school principal and one of the book's few defendants. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The voice of the character "Mark Steele", played by Bill Bradley in an uncredited role, is actually that of the film's director José Ferrer. See more »

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Throughout the film, it is insisted that Selena and Ted had been friends and nothing more. However, in the first film, they did in fact have a romantic relationship as teenagers and were planning to get married. See more »

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The Wonderful Season of Love
Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Worth watching for one reason - Mary Astor
4 June 1999 | by (indianapolis, IN) – See all my reviews

Compared with the original and it's brilliant cast, this sequel is a bit of a mess. Too much of Miss Lynley goes to New York and falls for very bland Jeff Chandler. Who cares. Also, the lack of a kindly Dr. (Lloyd Nolan in the first) strips the town of it's heart.

But, on the positive side, Mary Astor is terrific as the ultimate soaper opera version of the evil, possessive, rich, self appointed queen-of-the town. Some great verbal sparing with her new daughter-in-law. And even in defeat, her final, dignified speech is frighteningly prophetic 35 years later. I watch a lot of movies, and this performance took my breath away. Wow!!!!! She is to Soap Operas villains what Alan Rickman is to Action villains.


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