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).

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  1. Grace Metalious


  2. Mark Robson


  3. John Michael Hayes


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  1. Lana Turner

    Lana Turner

    Constance MacKenzie

  2. Diane Varsi

    Diane Varsi

    Allison MacKenzie

  3. Hope Lange

    Hope Lange

    Selena Cross

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    Lee Philips

    Michael Rossi

  5. Arthur Kennedy

    Arthur Kennedy

    Lucas Cross

  6. Lloyd Nolan

    Lloyd Nolan

    Dr. Matthew Swain

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 31m

Budget -

Revenue -

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  • December 11, 1957
  • December 13, 1957



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