Peyton Place

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(out of 5)


The bestselling novel about sex and scandal in small-town America reaches the big screen with surprisingly few compromises.   plays a single mother trying to raise her daughter () in a perfect, white picket-fence environment but with great difficulty. Imagine her surprise when she interrupts a teenage after-school party where the music has been turned on high and the lights way down low (It might be the earliest American studio film to use the word ‘sex’ and actually be talking about sex). Meanwhile, neighbour  is under suspicion of murder for the mysterious death of her abusive stepfather. At first it will seem dated and corny, but get into it enough and you won’t be able to shake it off.  The final courtroom sequence is a nailbiter in this milestone melodrama that hasn’t aged a single day.


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USA, 1957

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Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,


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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Arthur Kennedy as “Lucas Cross”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Russ Tamblyn as “Norman Page”)
Best Actress (Lana Turner as “Constance MacKenzie”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Hope Lange as “Selena Cross”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Diane Varsi as “Allison MacKenzie”)
Best Cinematography (William Mellor)
Best Directing (Mark Robson)
Best Motion Picture (Jerry Wald, producer)
Best Writing (Screenplay–based on material from another medium) (John Michael Hayes)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Mildred Dunnock)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Hope Lange)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Written American Drama

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Mark Robson)


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