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Return to Peyton Place (5-May-1961)

Director: Jose Ferrer

Writer: Ronald Alexander

From novel: Return to Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

Keywords: Drama

Allison MacKenzie writes a tell-all novel, Samuel's Castle, about her hometown Peyton Place; upon publication by Lewis Jackman the town's denizens are appalled by the unseemly revelations. MacKenzie later has an affair with the married Jackman. Sequel to Peyton Place (1957), of which this is a pale shadow. No original cast members are here; the only bright spot is Mary Astor's performance.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Mary Astor
3-May-1906 25-Sep-1987 The Maltese Falcon
Jeff Chandler
15-Dec-1918 17-Jun-1961 Broken Arrow
Brett Halsey
20-Jun-1933   The Young and the Restless
Carol Lynley
13-Feb-1942   Return to Peyton Place
Luciana Paluzzi
10-Jun-1937   Thunderball
Eleanor Parker
26-Jun-1922 9-Dec-2013 Interrupted Melody
Robert Sterling
13-Nov-1917 30-May-2006 George Kerby on Topper
Tuesday Weld
27-Aug-1943   Looking for Mr. Goodbar


Carol Lynley   ...   Allison MacKenzie
Jeff Chandler   ...   Lewis Jackman (publisher)
Eleanor Parker   ...   Connie Rossi (dress shop)
Mary Astor   ...   Mrs. Roberta Carter
Robert Sterling   ...   Mike Rossi (high school principal)
Luciana Paluzzi   ...   Raffaella Carter
Brett Halsey   ...   Ted Carter
Gunnar Hellström   ...   Nils Larsen (ski instructor)
Tuesday Weld   ...   Selena Cross
Linda Hutchings   ...   Miss Philips (secretary)


Review by elliottrainbow (posted on 18-Mar-2005)

The sequel to Peyton Place (1957) doesn't have any of the original actors from that film reprising their roles and it doesn't follow the book very much but it's still a pretty good movie. Carol Lynley is very good as Allison MacKenzie. The characters of Selena Cross and Ted Carter are nothing like the book and what happens to them in this movie isn't as interesting. Mary Astor is just right as Ted's puritanical mother. Jeff Chandler is good as Allison's book editor Lewis Jackman but he and Carol Lynley only kiss (and only once at that!) and do not have an affair like in the book. I recommend this movie but only as the second part of a DVD double feature with the original Peyton Place.

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