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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 »

Director:

José Ferrer

Writers:

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 ... Self - 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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This is the face of the town! Afraid to face the truth that lay beneath its cloak of false modesty! See more »

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Producer Jerry Wald was notorious for announcing any possible casting choice that crossed his mind, in order to keep his projects in headlines during pre-production. In this instance, he announced Jessica Tandy, Margaret Leighton and Ginger Rogers as possibilities to play the role ultimately played by Mary Astor. See more »

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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 »

Connections

Followed by Murder in Peyton Place (1977) See more »

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by Alfred Newman
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Worth watching for one reason - Mary Astor
4 June 1999 | by matt-96See all my reviews

Compared with the original and it's brilliant cast, this sequel is a bit of a mess. Too much of Miss Lynley goes to New York and falls for very bland Jeff Chandler. Who cares. Also, the lack of a kindly Dr. (Lloyd Nolan in the first) strips the town of it's heart.

But, on the positive side, Mary Astor is terrific as the ultimate soaper opera version of the evil, possessive, rich, self appointed queen-of-the town. Some great verbal sparing with her new daughter-in-law. And even in defeat, her final, dignified speech is frighteningly prophetic 35 years later. I watch a lot of movies, and this performance took my breath away. Wow!!!!! She is to Soap Operas villains what Alan Rickman is to Action villains.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rückkehr nach Peyton Place See more »

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Jerry Wald Productions See more »
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Color

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