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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 »

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José Ferrer

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Ronald Alexander (screenplay), Grace Metalious (novel)
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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 ... Herself - Vocalist During Opening and Closing Credits (voice)
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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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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Rückkehr nach Peyton Place See more »

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Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The filming locations and interior sets of the MacKenzie house and The Tweed Shop (the store that Constance owns) are completely different from the original film. The exterior scenes for "Return To Peyton Place" were shot in Mamouth, California (for the skiing sequences) and at Fox's Malibu Ranch. The interior sets are "significantly smaller" than in the first film, as noted by film historian Sylvia Stoddard. See more »

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Worth watching (once) for these reasons.....
16 December 1998 | by denis-11See all my reviews

1. You get to see Robert Crane of Hogan's Heroes in an "Ed McMahon" type role to somebody else doing a "Johnny Carson". Actually he's acting more like Jack Paar.

2. The first 45 minutes of the movie take place on what seems to be two days before thanksgiving. Then on thanksgiving morning, they show a scene of New York at dawn - and the streets are totally deserted!!!!

3. You get to see this 1960 era turkey as a prop and boy, were turkeys skinny back before corporate farming took over.

4. Everything was so wholesome back then. Except when a woman (the Italian actress) has an unwanted pregnancy. Then she tries to lose it by having a skiing accident because abortions were illegal back then, silly.

5. I've been to Camden, Maine, several times, and the locals told me that they shot none of this movie up there (they filmed the original peyton place there in 1956).

6. Peyton Place was set in 1941-43; this movie never sets a year but if you figure by the fact that the young lawyer just got through law school and that takes 7 years from the start of college, and he was in the war until 1945, that would make this about 1952 I guess. Or maybe its supposed to be current with the release date and be 1961; they never explain this.

7. There is nothing said about several of the characters of the earlier movie that had prominent roles (such as the town doctor and Allison's boyfriend). Why are two such good looking girls still unmarried during that era anyway? Obvious plot loopholes.

8. This movie has an old fashioned look and feel to it even for 1960-61 standards. Within 3-4 years clothing, hairstyles, speech, and mannerisms were significantly different. It's like a time capsule movie of a small town America just before all the crappy changes that took place in the 1960s.

9. It has a really good ending. I found myself actually siding with the old biddy who is singlehandedly trying to enforce the old Puritan moral code of her era against the will of apparently the entire rest of the town, who want to change with the times and let everybody do their own thing. She walks out of the town hall meeting in silence and totally defeated; terrific symbolism, and almost supernaturally prophetic in what actually happened across the country over the rest of the decade.

10. Last but not least, the man who plays the character "Dexter" (he has about 1 line; he is a school board member who is a weak character and the old biddy uses him as a supporter)...this guy was on a lot of the old three stooges shorts. He always played a bad guy, and I've never seen him on any other serious movie.


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