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Return to Peyton Place (1961)

 -  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 filming locations and interior sets of the MacKenzie house and The Tweed Shop (the store that Constance owns) are completely different from the original film. The exterior scenes for "Return To Peyton Place" were shot in Mamouth, California (for the skiing sequences) and at Fox's Malibu Ranch. The interior sets are "significantly smaller" than in the first film, as noted by film historian Sylvia Stoddard. See more »

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In this sequel, Ted Carter is not only wealthy but has a controlling mother. In the first film, Ted had to work and save for law school, and his parents were not featured in the original. It was Norman Page who had a domineering mother in the first film. See more »

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Not Worth the Trip
9 September 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Anyone who hasn't seen the original film Peyton Place will not be able to comprehend what's happening in Return to Peyton Place. And the journey is hardly worth it.

Aspiring writer Carol Lynley writes a steamy novel about the goings on in her prim and proper New England town of Peyton Place. When Jeff Chandler publishes it, tongues start to wag. Carol's stepfather Robert Sterling who is the high school principal puts it in the school library and the local pharisees want his head.

It's all been done before and since and better. Interesting that none of the original cast repeated any of their roles from the first film. I think they were asked, read the script and turned it down.

If Return to Peyton Place has any value it's because Mary Astor plays a deliciously evil woman, the kind of mother that Danny DeVito wanted to throw from a moving train. Astor overwhelms everyone else the cast.

I think they all knew it as well.


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