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Peyton Place (1957) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Mark Robson and produced by Jerry Wald.

Academy Awards 1957 --- Ceremony Number 30 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActorArthur KennedyNominated
Best Supporting ActorRuss TamblynNominated
Best ActressLana TurnerNominated
Best Supporting ActressHope LangeNominated
Best Supporting ActressDiane VarsiNominated
Best CinematographyWilliam MellorNominated
Best DirectorMark RobsonNominated
Best PictureJerry Wald, ProducerNominated
Best WritingJohn Michael HayesNominated

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Peyton Place (1957, Mark Robson)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jan 28, 2017 From The Stop Button

Peyton Place takes over a year and a half starting in 1941. Director Robson has a really slick way of getting the date into the ground situation. Robson and cinematographer William C. Mellor go a little wild with Peyton Place?there?s a lot of location shooting and Robson tries hard to make the viewe... Read full article

Peyton Place (1957)

By Beatrice on May 31, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Peyton Place Directed by Mark Robson Written by John Michael Hayes from the novel by Grace Metalios 1957/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Jerry Wald Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix This glossy melodrama practically introduced U.S. audiences to rape, incest, illegitimacy, and plenty o... Read full article

Peyton Place: "Everything in this town happens behind brown wrappers"

By Rick29 on Mar 10, 2016 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

In a 1956 interview with journalist Hal Boyle, Peyton Place author Grace Metalious said: "To a tourist, these towns look as peaceful as a picture postcard. But if you go underneath that picture, it's like turning over a rock with your foot--all kinds of strange things crawl out. Everybody that lives... Read full article

Peyton Place

By Alyson on Nov 7, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

Within the two and a half hours of Peyton Place, there is more drama packed in than in two seasons of your typical soap opera. ?That being said, it?s no surprise that Peyton Place became the basis for a soap opera running between 1964 and 1969. ?But before you write this film off as a soap springboa... Read full article

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Quotes from

Mrs. Thornton: A person doesn't always get what she deserves. Remember it. If there's anything in life you want, go and get it. Don't wait for anybody to give it to you.

Constance MacKenzie: All men are alike. The approach is different; the result is always the same.

Mr. Harrington: This job starts at 3,000 a year.
Michael Rossi: Then we're all wasting our time. That's only $5 a week more than I was making as a teacher, Mr. Harrington
Mr. Harrington: But this offers you security -- a long term contract.
Michael Rossi: Guaranteed poverty is not security.

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Facts about

Susan Hayward was early favorite for lead role.
Susan Strasberg was initially set to play Allison. However, when she upped her salary, she was fired. For a short period, Debbie Reynolds was set to replace her. Eventually, 20 famous actresses were tested before the unknown Diane Varsi got the role.
The film's title was later immortalized in the lyrics to Jeannie C. Riley's 1968 hit "Harper Valley P.T.A".
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