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Director:
Writers:
Ronald Alexander (screenplay)
Grace Metalious (novel)
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Release Date:
5 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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
 (From Underground Film Journal. 11 January 2011, 6:00 AM, PST)

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Sequel-itis Sets In See more (22 total) »

Cast

  (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:
Edward Astran ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
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)

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

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Trivia:
A sequence featuring the climactic fire that burned down Roberta Carter's ('Mary Astor (I)') house was cut from the final film. A snippet from the scene can be seen in the trailer on the DVD.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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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Referenced in "The Fifties" (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wonderful Season of LoveSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Sequel-itis Sets In, 20 May 2008
Author: Harold_Robbins from United States

I was pleasantly surprised that RETURN TO PEYTON PLACE wasn't as bad as I'd remembered it to be - it's a well-mounted film, again produced by Jerry Wald (who produced, among other classics, MILDRED PIERCE), but neither as glossy-slick nor as compelling as its predecessor. It suffers from the same fate most sequels do, no matter how well-done or well-intended: the magic that sparked the original is simply gone and cannot be recaptured.

RETURN, of course, is a thinly-veiled account of some of what happened to author Grace Metalious after PEYTON PLACE became the publishing phenomenon of the 1950s (no indeed, the townsfolk were not too fond of their "Pandora in Blue Jeans," as she was called, and, if memory serves, did indeed fire her schoolteacher husband). But it's kind of inconceivable that Metalious's novel would have been published at all if she'd been the snotty bitch portrayed by Carol Lynley - no publisher would have put up with such an attitude from an unknown, first-time novelist.

CLEOPATRA's budget was straining the coffers at Fox, so the cast is not as big as PEYTON PLACE, nor, with three exceptions, as notable. Three Hollywood veterans - Eleanor Parker, Mary Astor, and Jeff Chandler, show the young folks how it's done, and Astor, selfish and manipulative as were two other characters she played (Brigid O'Shaughnessy in THE MALTESE FALCON, and Sandra Kovack in THE GREAT LIE, for which she won an Oscar) simply walks off with the film. We don't like Roberta Carter, or the censorship she tries to impose, but we understand her resistance to change, to losing the values and things she holds dear (including her son). And, unfortunately, Astor/Carter's advisory to the people of Peyton Place that they will live to regret their willingness to encourage such changes in morals as Allison's book seems to exemplify, was a sad prediction of the painful price we would pay in the 1980s for the sexual freedom of the 1960s.

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