Return to Peyton Place


2h 2m 1961
Return to Peyton Place

Brief Synopsis

When one of the denizens of a small New England town writes a book--a slightly cloaked depiction of her hometown--she unleashes the wrath of her fellow townsfolk.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Sequel
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
New York opening: 5 May 1961
Production Company
Associated Producers, Inc.; Jerry Wald Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Return to Peyton Place by Grace Metalious (New York, 1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 2m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Young Allison MacKenzie, who is called to New York for the final editing of her first novel (a thinly disguised case history of the residents of her hometown of Peyton Place), falls in love with her publisher, Lewis Jackman, an older married man. When the novel is published, many townspeople are outraged, particularly Roberta Carter, a domineering and snobbish woman determined to wreck her son Ted's marriage to his Italian-born wife, Raffaella. Hounded by her lurid past, Selena Cross is unable to face her lover, ski instructor Lars Hedlom. Allison's mother, Connie, shocked by her daughter's exposé of the town's citizens, becomes enraged when her husband, school principal Mike Rossi, is fired because he refuses to remove the novel from the school library. Meanwhile, Roberta has finally succeeded in driving her daughter-in-law out of the house. Emotionally upset, Raffaella races to the ski slopes and nearly causes herself to have a miscarriage. Events come to a head when a town meeting is called to discuss Rossi's defense of the controversial novel. Allison and Lewis are present when Connie publicly stands by her daughter and denounces Roberta Carter as a hypocritical bigot. The crisis over, Mike is reinstated at the school, Selena is reunited with Lars, and Ted is reconciled with Raffaella when he finally stands up to his mother. A more mature and wiser Allison realizes that she could never find true happiness by destroying Lewis' marriage.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Sequel
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
New York opening: 5 May 1961
Production Company
Associated Producers, Inc.; Jerry Wald Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Return to Peyton Place by Grace Metalious (New York, 1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 2m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

The voice of the character "Mark Steele", played by Bill Bradley in an uncredited role, is actually that of the film's director Jose Ferrer.

Notes

A sequel to Peyton Place (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957).

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video April 18, 1991

Released in United States Spring May 1961

CinemaScope

Released in United States on Video April 18, 1991

Released in United States Spring May 1961