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Return to Peyton Place -- The residents of Peyton Place are not happy when its most famous resident, Alison Mackenzie, writes a "shocking" novel detailing the sinful secrets of the town.
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Ronald Alexander (screenplay)
Grace Metalious (novel)
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Release Date:
5 May 1961 (USA) See more »
The residents of Peyton Place, New Hampshire, are not happy when its most famous resident, Alison Mackenzie... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Short Film: Condemned
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carol Lynley ... Allison

Jeff Chandler ... Lewis Jackman

Eleanor Parker ... Connie Rossi

Mary Astor ... Mrs. Roberta Carter

Robert Sterling ... Mike Rossi

Luciana Paluzzi ... Raffaella

Brett Halsey ... Ted
Gunnar Hellström ... Nils (as Gunnar Hellstrom)

Tuesday Weld ... Selena
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Banks ... Mrs. Humphries (uncredited)
Helen Bennett ... Interviewer (uncredited)
Bill Bradley ... Mark Steele (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Mr. Johnson (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Newspaper Publisher (uncredited)

Bob Crane ... Peter White (uncredited)
Alex Dunand ... Pierre Galante (uncredited)
Tim Durant ... John Smith (uncredited)

José Ferrer ... Voice of Mark Steele (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
George Ford ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
Wilton Graff ... Dr. Fowlkes (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... Townsman (uncredited)
Pitt Herbert ... Seth Wadley (uncredited)
Jimmie Horan ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
Jennifer Howard ... Mrs. Jackman (uncredited)
Collette Lyons ... Mrs. Sarah Bingham (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Dexter (uncredited)
Max Mellinger ... Nevins (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Guest at Book Publishing Party (uncredited)
Tony Miller ... Photographer (uncredited)
Warren Parker ... Lupus Wolf (uncredited)

Arthur Peterson ... Selectman Seth (uncredited)
Hari Rhodes ... Arthur (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Diner Proprietor (uncredited)

Max Showalter ... Nick Parker (uncredited)

Leonard Stone ... Steve Swanson (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
Reedy Talton ... Frank O'Roark (uncredited)
Emerson Treacy ... Bud Humphries (uncredited)
June Valentine ... Waitress (uncredited)
Carol Veazie ... Interviewer (uncredited)
Bob Whitney ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)

Directed by
José Ferrer 
Writing credits
Ronald Alexander (screenplay)

Grace Metalious (novel)

Produced by
Curtis Harrington .... associate producer
Jerry Wald .... producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Cinematography by
Charles G. Clarke (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
Art Direction by
Hans Peters 
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean  (as Fred Maclean)
Walter M. Scott 
Costume Design by
Donfeld  (as Don Feld)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Hall .... assistant director
Sound Department
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Music Department
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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123 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-12 | USA:Approved (certificate #19847) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Producer Jerry Wald, who was notorious for announcing any possible casting choice that crossed his mind in order to keep his projects in headlines during pre-production, also announced Jessica Tandy, Margaret Leighton and Ginger Rogers as possibilities to play the role ultimately played by Mary Astor.See more »
Continuity: Although this sequel picks up just several years after original story ends in the early-mid Forties, the new story occurs 15 years later with barely-aged characters living in the early Sixties.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Peyton Place (1957)See more »
The Best of EverythingSee more »


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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
You Can't Go Home Again..., 30 January 2007
Author: phillindholm

As has already been stated, all of the actors in the original "Peyton Place" were replaced by new performers. That was the first mistake. The next was the script. Allison MacKenzie (Carol Lynley) has just completed a semi-autobiographical novel about her home town. Off she goes to New York for a meeting with her publisher Lewis Jackman (Jeff Chandler) and what looks like (at least at first) an antagonistic relationship between the two. Meanwhile, back in Peyton Place, Ted Carter (Brett Halsey) has just returned with his new(pregnant)Italian Bride, Raffaela (Luciana Paluzzi) and is greeted by his wealthy, influential mother, Roberta (Mary Astor) who is displeased, to say the least,by her son's choice of a wife, and immediately begins a campaign to destroy Ted's marriage and drive Raffaela away. Roberta even goes so far as to involve town outcast (and Ted's onetime girlfriend) Selina Cross (Tuesday Weld) in an attempt to make his wife jealous. In New York, Allison has discovered she likes her publisher and considers becoming involved with him. When the newly published book reaches Peyton Place, all Hell supposedly breaks loose. Allison's mother Constance (Eleanor Parker) who has a skeleton in her own closet, is disgusted by the book. Her high school principal husband Mike Rossi (Robert Sterling) however, promptly puts it in the school library. Whereupon Roberta Carter (naturally, the head of the school board) demands his resignation. And so it goes...

Most of the performances are problem number three. Lynley plays Allison so stiffly and unpleasantly that she quickly becomes a bore. Chandler is OK though he has little to work with. Parker overacts to a fault, which she often did in the past, and Sterling does about as well as Chandler. Weld is a bit shrill herself (especially when she begins an impromptu affair with new ski instructor Gunnar Hellstrom) but at least she's lively. The best scenes in the film are those between Astor (superb, as always), Halsey and Paluzzi (both of them are good and prove adequate sparring partners for Astor, though of course, they aren't in the same league) Had the film concentrated on the tension between these three, and a clearer exploration of it, then it would have been that much better. Instead, Director Jose Ferrer insists on switching back to the other ''Plot Threads'', none of them even as remotely interesting as this one. Especially Lynley's almost-affair with Chandler, which, like the rest of the film, goes nowhere. As for Ferrer, he appears to have left the performers to their own devices, and done little else. At least the obligatory town meeting, attended by all the principal characters, wraps up most of the loose ends neatly, which is certainly a novel ending for a soap opera., and the CinemaScope production is handsomely photographed. It really isn't necessary (or wise) to see the original "Peyton Place" before viewing this film, because "Return To Peyton Place" inevitably suffers in comparison. In all fairness, it must be mentioned that this film underwent extensive editing before it's release, excising scenes still glimpsed in the theatrical trailer. Astor's part suffered from the editing most (and her scenes are probably the only regrettable deletions), but the rest would only have made a mediocre melodrama that much longer.

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