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 »
The original primetime soap took place in the title town, which was founded by the Peyton family, whose members included the Harringtons. Some of the plots involved Rodney Harrington, the ... See full summary »
When her lover is killed, the wife of a wealthy man is convinced to fake her own death, which leads her into greater depths of depravity until fate reunites her with her long-lost son, who is unaware of her real identity.
David Lowell Rich
It's the pre-WWII era. Peyton Place is a small town in New England, whose leading adult citizens rule the town with their high moral standards, which they try to pass on to their offspring. The adults, especially those that wield power largely through their positions and/or through their wealth, will not tolerate anything they believe morally improper, even if there is a hint of impropriety without comprehensive evidence to back up the hints. As their offspring grow from teenagers to adults, the offspring learn that there is much hypocrisy by the adults lying underneath that façade of proper Christian morals. The offspring begin to rebel in different ways, which is brought to public scrutiny with the arrival into town of an "outsider", the new young high school principal Michael Rossi, and through a murder trial.Written by
PEYTON PLACE has had quite a reputation as a book and a movie. The movie is BASED on the book, and is NOT the book. In my opinion, the film is much better. Attitudes have changed and I can imagine what the film would be like if it were re-made. What was implied in the book would be glorified on the screen. Besides, the film makers of today can't hold a candle to the film makers of yore. Small town scandal has been a topic for movies forever and a day, but none better than PEYTON PLACE. The acting is first rate, especially by DIANE VARSI; HOPE LANGE and LANA TURNER in the lead female roles. The male roles are a bit underdeveloped and LEE PHILLIPS seems a bit off as Michael Rossi. However, the more I see the film the more he grows on me, as does the entire film. The location sites are great as is the cinematography. The lush score by Franz Waxman really seals the films brilliance. This movie must be seen on the wide-screen with stereo sound for the full impact and appreciation. PEYTON PLACE clocks in at 2 hours and 37 mins., but could have been longer. The only distraction is the rear projection for Lana Turners exterior scenes. It's quite obvious she did not go on location. There are even doubles for her in the long shots. Besides these minor distractions, PEYTON PLACE is a must repeat viewing again and again. A shame the career of Diane Varsi stalled so quickly after three more films. I went to school with her sister, Gail, and I'm know she would have gone on to stardom if she had the chance. She was equally talented.
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