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Grace Metalious' once-notorious bestseller Peyton Place is given a lavish -- and necessarily toned-down -- film treatment in this deluxe 20th Century-Fox production. Set during WWII, the film concentrates on several denizens of the outwardly respectable New England community of Peyton Place. Top-billed Lana Turner plays shopkeeper Constance McKenzie, who tries to make up for a past indiscretion -- which resulted in her illegitimate daughter Allison (Diane Varsi) -- by adopting a chaste, prudish attitude towards all things sexual. In spite of herself, Constance can't help but be attracted to handsome new teacher Michael Rossi (Lee Philips). Meanwhile, the restless Allison, who'd like to be as footloose and fancy-free as the town's "fast girl" Betty Anderson (Terry Moore), falls sincerely in love with mixed-up mama's boy Norman Page (Russ Tamblyn). And while all this is going on, "white trash" Selena Cross (Hope Lange) is raped by her stepfather, drunken school caretaker Lucas Cross (Arthur Kennedy). Other characters essential to the action are wealthy Rodney Harrington (Barry Coe), who must pay the price for his dalliance with Betty Anderson; Nellie Cross (Betty Field), Selena's long-suffering mother; and the town's Voice of Reason, Dr. Swain (Lloyd Nolan). This 166-minute soap opera (whittled down to 157 minutes before release) culminates in a spectacular murder trial which lays bare the deep, dark secrets of Peyton Place. Filmed on location in Camden, Maine, Peyton Place was a huge moneymaker (even those who felt that the film was but a heavily laundered shadow of the Metalious original were pleased with the professionalism of it all); it not only spawned a 1961 theatrical sequel, but also a long-running prime time TV serial. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 13, 1957

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Kennedy Best Supporting Actor 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Diane Varsi Best Supporting Actress 1957 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Hope Lange Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hope Lange Best Supporting Actress 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jerry Wald Best Picture 1957 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mildred Dunnock Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Russ Tamblyn Best Supporting Actor 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lana Turner Best Actress 1957 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Mark Robson Best Director 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mark Robson Best Director 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William C. Mellor Best Cinematography 1957 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Michael Hayes Best Adapted Screenplay 1957 Nominee

Cast

Lana Turner
as Constance MacKenzie
Hope Lange
as Selena Cross
Lee Philips
as Michael Rossi
Lloyd Nolan
as Dr. Matthew Swain
Arthur Kennedy
as Lucas Cross
Russ Tamblyn
as Norman Page
Diane Varsi
as Allison MacKenzie
Terry Moore
as Betty Anderson
Barry Coe
as Rodney Harrington
Betty Field
as Nellie Cross
David Nelson
as Ted Carter
Mildred Dunnock
as Mrs. Thornton
Leon Ames
as Harrington
Lorne Greene
as Prosecutor
Erin O'Brien-Moore
as Mrs. Page
Scotty Morrow
as Joey Cross
Kip King
as Pee Wee
Steffi Sidney
as Kathy
Edwin Jerome
as Cory Hyde
Edith Claire
as Miss Colton
Robert Adler
as Jury Foreman
Harry Carter
as Court Clerk
Jim Brandt
as Messenger
Alfred Tonkel
as Bailiff
Alan Reed, Sr.
as Matt
Mike Lally
as Bailiff
Ray Montgomery
as Naval Officer
Peg Hillias
as Marion Partridge
John Doucette
as Army Sergeant

Crew

Mark Robson
Director
Jerry Wald
Producer
John Michael Hayes
Screenwriter
Grace Metalious
Book Author
William C. Mellor
Cinematographer
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
David Bretherton
Editor
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Jack Martin Smith
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Bertram Granger
Set Designer
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer
Adele Palmer
Costume Designer
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