|Genre: Classics, Drama, Romance|
Directed By: Mark Robson
Written By: John Michael Hayes
In Theaters: 13 Dec. 1957
On Disc/Streaming: 2 March 2004
Runtime: 157 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Budget: $2,200,000 or $1,800,000
Box office: $25,600,000
Lana Turner – Constance MacKenzie
Diane Varsi – Allison MacKenzie
Hope Lange – Selena Cross
Lee Philips – Michael Rossi
Arthur Kennedy – Lucas Cross
Lloyd Nolan – Dr. Matthew Swain
Russ Tamblyn – Norman Page
Terry Moore – Betty Anderson
David Nelson – Ted Carter
Barry Coe – Rodney Harrington
Betty Field – Nellie Cross
Mildred Dunnock – Miss Elsie Thornton
Leon Ames – Leslie Harrington
Lorne Greene – District Attorney
Staats Cotsworth – Charles Partridge
Peg Hillias – Marion Partridge
Tami Conner – Margie (a classmate of Selena and Allison)
Erin O’Brien Moore – Mrs. Evelyn Page
Scotty Morrow – Joey Cross (uncredited)
“Peyton Place” is a 1957 American drama film in color by De Luxe and CinemaScope from 20th Century Fox, produced by Jerry Wald, directed by Mark Robson, that stars Lana Turner and Hope Lange.
In co-starring and supporting roles are Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Diane Varsi, Arthur Kennedy, Russ Tamblyn, and Terry Moore.
The film is based on the bestselling 1956 novel of the same name by Grace Metalious.
“Peyton Place” is an exposé of the residents of a small fictional New England mill town in the years surrounding World War II, where scandal, homicide, suicide, incest, and moral hypocrisy hide behind a tranquil façade.
Lana Turner plays Constance MacKenzie.
The picture was one of the year’s most important and the role of Constance MacKenzie was easily the best Lana had been offered in years. Her performance as Constance was so well received by press and public alike, that the character did in fact create a new and popular Turner image: the elegant, emotionally wounded mother figure struggling for happiness within a troubled milieu. Furthermore the role became the forerunner of several screen heroines she would portray in the future.
Stanley Kaufman of the Saturday Review wrote: “Lana Turner, given a chance with a role of some depth, proves that she can be as persuasive as some of the Method dedicating girls flocking into the movies these days.”
Glamour was a crutch for Lana onscreen. If she had that then she was comfortable, that at least something, whether it be clothes or makeup, was perfect. Without it she felt vulnerable. “Peyton Place” is considerably less glamourous that was customary to Lana. Eventually she came to terms and enjoyed herself.
The film received nine Oscar nominations (and no wins) .
Best Motion Picture: Jerry Wald, Producer
Best Director: Mark Robson
Best Actress: Lana Turner
Best Supporting Actress: Diane Varsi
Best Supporting Actress: Hope Lange
Best Supporting Actor: Arthur Kennedy
Best Supporting Actor: Russ Tamblyn
Best Writing (Screenplay–based on material from another medium): John Michael Hayes
Best Cinematography: William Mellor
I love it. One of the best films in which Lana Turner performed I think.
You can watch the film here.
Lana Turner did a lot of movies. She really loved being a moviestar.
Here are the most important films in which she starred. Just click the links for more info, photos and videos.
20 April 1937: A Star Is Born
9 Oct. 1937: They Won’t Forget
24 Oct. 1937: The Great Garrick
1 Jan. 1938: The Adventures of Marco Polo
22 July 1938: Love Finds Andy Hardy
12 Aug. 1938: Rich Man, Poor Girl
9 Dec. 1938: Dramatic School
28 April 1939: Calling Dr. Kildare
18 Aug. 1939: These Glamour Girls
29 Sept. 1939: Dancing Co-Ed
19 April 1940: Two Girls on Broadway
19 July 1940: We Who Are Young
25 April 1941: Ziegfeld Girl
12 Aug. 1941: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
2 Oct. 1941: Honky Tonk
18 Febr. 1942: Johnny Eager
27 Aug. 1942: Somewhere I’ll Find You
1 April 1943: Slightly Dangerous
19 Aug. 1943: Du Barry Was A Lady
13 Nov. 1943: The Youngest Profession
23 Aug. 1944: Marriage Is a Private Affair
8 March 1945: Keep Your Powder Dry
1 Oct. 1945: Week-End At The Waldorf
2 May 1946: The Postman Always Rings Twice
5 Nov. 1947 : Green Dolphin Street
1 Nov. 1947: Cass Timberlane
29 April 1948: Homecoming
20 Oct. 1948: The Three Musketeers
1 Sept. 1950: A Life Of Her Own
2 March 1951: Mr. Imperium
5 Sept. 1952: The Merry Widow
25 Dec. 1952: The Bad And The Beautiful
25 Aug. 1953: Latin Lovers
1 May 1954: Flame And The Flesh
7 Sept. 1954: Betrayed
13 May 1955: The Prodigal
4 June 1955: Sea Chase
14 Dec. 1955: The Rains Of Ranchipur
12 Jan. 1956: Diane
13 Dec. 1957: Peyton Place
30 Jan. 1958: The Lady Takes A Flyer
2 May 1958: Another Time, Another Place
30 April 1959: Imitation Of Life
23 June 1960: Portrait In Black
19 July 1961: By Love Possessed
2 Nov. 1961: Bachelor In Paradise
25 Dec. 1962: Who’s Got The Action?
24 Febr. 1965: Love Has Many Faces
27 April 1966: Madame X
30 April 1969: The Big Cube
7 Nov. 1974: Persecution
27 Oct. 1976: Bittersweet Love
31 Oct. 1980: Witches Brew
21 May 1982: Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
Sources: Wikipedia, IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, Lana’s biography “Lana, the Lady, The Legend, The Truth“, “The Films Of Lana Turner” by Lou Valentino and “Lana Turner, The Memories, The Myths and The Movies” by Cheryl Crane.