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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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Rosemary Clooney, who sings the movie theme song "The Wonderful Season of Love" was married to the film's director, José Ferrer, at the time the movie was made. 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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Sequel misfire
9 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This sequel to the sturdy and beautifully made "Peyton Place" is not very good. The chief problem is the curious time warp. It appears to take place in 1961, the year the film was made, but the original took place during the Second World War. There is roughly a 15 year time gap, but no one has appeared to age much. Whats going here? The usually reliable Carol Lynley is rather miscast as Allison MacKenzie in an awkward transition role from her previous strong performances in films like "The Light In the Forest", "Blue Denim" and "Holiday For Lovers". Here she plays her first truly adult role, but comes off looking rather frumpy with that awful hairstyle hiding her stunning good looks. Tuesday Weld as Selena Cross suffers much the same fate. Everything appears drab and lethargic. Franz Waxman's score and Mary Astor's mother-in-law from Hell are the prime reasons to watch this disappointment.


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