Return to Peyton Place

Return to Peyton Place

Director: José Ferrer Cast: Carol Lynley, Jeff Chandler, Eleanor Parker


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If anything, this star-studded sequel is even sillier than the original, adding to its problems by completely recasting all the roles, combining several of them into existing characters. Carol Lynley is the heroine this time, and she leaves Peyton Place for New York to write a book about the hypocrisy of her hometown. The book causes lots of trouble back home, getting Mike (Robert Sterling) fired as principal, angering Lynley's mother (Eleanor Parker), and stirring such horrible memories in Selena (Tuesday Weld) that she brains her new boyfriend with a fireplace poker, thinking he is her dead rapist stepfather. The film really belongs to Mary Astor, in a hilarious turn as a smotheringly possessive mother. She tries to come between her son and his new bride (Luciana Paluzzi) in some unintentionally hilarious scenes, causing Paluzzi to fling herself down a ski slope in an attempt at a self-induced miscarriage. Overwrought and overblown, the film is still a treat for fans of campy "suburban sin" melodramas. Look for Bob Crane as an unctuous talk show sidekick.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2005
UPC: 0024543162704
Original Release: 1961
Rating: NR
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:02:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by author and historian Sylvia Stoddard; Movietone news footage ("Publisher Honors Author and Star" and "Return to Peyton Place: A Smash Hit"); Restoration comparison; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen format (aspect ratio: 2.35:1); Audio: English Stereo, English Mono, Spanish Mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carol Lynley Allison MacKenzie
Jeff Chandler Lewis Jackman
Eleanor Parker Connie Rossi
Mary Astor Roberta Carter
Tuesday Weld Selena Cross
Robert Sterling Mike Rossi
Luciana Paluzzi Raffaella Carter
Gunnar Hellstrom Nils
Brett Halsey Ted Carter
Kenneth MacDonald Dexter
Bob Crane Peter White
Bill Bradley Mark Steele
Tim Durant John Smith
Casey Adams Nick Parker
Pitt Herbert Mr. Wadley
Warren Parker Lupus Wolf
Arthur Peterson Selectman
Jennifer Howard Mrs. Jackman
Joan Banks Mrs. Humphries
Emerson Treacy Bud Humphries
Wilton Graff Dr. Fowlkes
Hari (Harry) Rhodes Arthur
Leonard Stone Steve Swanson
Reedy Talton Frank O'Roark
Jack Carr Postman
Tony Miller Photographer
Max Mellinger Nevins
Collette Lyons Mrs. Bingham
Carol Veazie/Morris Carnovsky Interviewers
Helen Bennett Interviewer
Charles Seel Counterman

Technical Credits
José Ferrer Director
Ronald Alexander Screenwriter
David Bretherton Editor
Charles G. Clarke Cinematographer
Rosemary Clooney Songwriter
Warren B. Delaplain Sound/Sound Designer
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard Freericks Sound/Sound Designer
David Hall Asst. Director
Curtis Harrington Associate Producer
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Ben Nye Makeup
Hans Peters Art Director
Leonid Raab Musical Direction/Supervision
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Jerry Wald Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Paul Francis Webster Songwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. Long Distance Call
3. Allison, the Author
4. Mrs. Carter
5. Creating Discord
6. Selena's Accident
7. Off to New York!
8. A Whole Lot of Words
9. Molding a Writer
10. Connie's Fears
11. Hostile Relations
12. Thanksgiving Day
13. At the Ski Lodge
14. Book Tour
15. Town Reaction
16. Flashback
17. School Board
18. Harsh Words
19. Ending It All
20. Old Enough
21. Town Hall Meeting
22. Selena Speaks Out
23. Changing Values
24. Season of Love/End Titles

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