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Return to Peyton Place (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 5 May 1961 (USA)
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The residents of Peyton Place, New Hampshire, are not happy when its most famous denizen, Alison Mackenzie, writes a "shocking" novel detailing the sinful secrets of the town. Most outraged... See full summary »


José Ferrer


Ronald Alexander (screenplay), Grace Metalious (novel)





Complete credited cast:
Carol Lynley ... Allison MacKenzie
Jeff Chandler ... Lewis Jackman
Eleanor Parker ... Connie Rossi
Mary Astor ... Mrs. Roberta Carter
Robert Sterling ... Mike Rossi
Luciana Paluzzi ... Raffaella Carter
Brett Halsey ... Ted Carter
Gunnar Hellström ... Nils Larsen (as Gunnar Hellstrom)
Tuesday Weld ... Selena Cross
Rosemary Clooney ... Self - Vocalist During Opening and Closing Credits (voice)


The residents of Peyton Place, New Hampshire, are not happy when its most famous denizen, 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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these are the people of the town! Afraid to live their lives in love, honor and decency! See more »




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Did You Know?


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 »


Throughout the film, it is insisted that Selena and Ted had been friends and nothing more. However, in the first film, they did in fact have a romantic relationship as teenagers and were planning to get married. See more »


Followed by Peyton Place: The Next Generation (1985) See more »


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A necessary return?
4 March 2011 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The sequel to the fifties blockbuster ,it's much more modest in scope and in ambition and its ending is so predictable it does not equal the first episode.Constance McKenzie (Lana Turner is replaced by Eleanor Parker) is no longer the central character but one must say there is no more central character.There are about three plots which could be depicted as "the book Alison wrote" "Ted and his over possessive mom" and "Will Selena be an outcast for all her life?" .All these plots meet in the end as Alison's stepfather stands in great danger of being discharged ,cause he put his stepdaughter's more or less autobiographical "work" in his high school library.Lucianna Paluzzi ,who plays the unfortunate daughter-in-law ,is a future James Bond Girl ( one of the best villains ,Fiona Volpe, in "Thunderball")

"Peyton Place" fans might be interested but the others had better choose the 1957 original work .

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Release Date:

5 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rückkehr nach Peyton Place See more »

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Production Co:

Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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