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).
|Tagline:||Small town America will never be the same again.|
|Cast:||Arthur Kennedy, Arthur Tovey, Barry Coe, Betty Field, David Nelson, Diane Varsi, Erin O’Brien-Moore, Hope Lange, John Doucette, Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Leon Ames, Lloyd Nolan, Lorne Greene, Mildred Dunnock, Peg Hillias, Robert H. Harris, Russ Tamblyn, Scotty Morrow, Staats Cotsworth, Terry Moore|