Return to Peyton Place (1961)

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If anything, this star-studded sequel is even sillier than the original, adding to its problems by completely recasting all the roles, combining several of them into existing characters. Carol Lynley is the heroine this time, and she leaves Peyton Place for New York to write a book about the hypocrisy of her hometown. The book causes lots of trouble back home, getting Mike (Robert Sterling) fired as principal, angering Lynley's mother (Eleanor Parker), and stirring such horrible memories in Selena (Tuesday Weld) that she brains her new boyfriend with a fireplace poker, thinking he is her dead rapist stepfather. The film really belongs to Mary Astor, in a hilarious turn as a smotheringly possessive mother. She tries to come between her son and his new bride (Luciana Paluzzi) in some unintentionally hilarious scenes, causing Paluzzi to fling herself down a ski slope in an attempt at a self-induced miscarriage. Overwrought and overblown, the film is still a treat for fans of campy "suburban sin" melodramas. Look for Bob Crane as an unctuous talk show sidekick. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi
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NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama
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Studio:
Fox

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Cast

Tuesday Weld
as Selena Cross
Mary Astor
as Mrs. Roberta Carter
Carol Lynley
as Allison
Luciana Paluzzi
as Raffaella Carter
Eleanor Parker
as Connie Rossi
Tony Miller
as Photographer
Jeff Chandler
as Lewis Jackman
Max Showalter
as Nick Parker
Brett Halsey
as Ted Carter
Robert Sterling
as Mike Rossi
Charles Seel
as Counterman
Bob Crane
as Peter White
Hari
as Arthur
Wilton Graff
as Dr. Fowlkes
Emerson Treacy
as Bud Humphries
Bill Bradley
as Mark Steele
Warren Parker
as Lupus Wolf
Hari Rhodes
as Arthur
Tim Durant
as John Smith
Leonard Stone
as Steve Swanson
Arthur Peterson
as Selectman
Carol Veazie
as Interviewer
Casey Adams
as Nick Parker
Gunnar Hellstrom
as Lars Hedlom
Max Mellinger
as Nevins
Joan Banks
as Mrs. Humphries
Jennifer Howard
as Mrs. Jackman
Pitt Herbert
as Mr. Wadley
Helen Bennett
as Interviewer
Collette Lyons
as Mrs. Bingham
Reedy Talton
as Frank O'Roark
Laura McCann
as Miss Wentworth
Alex Dunand
as Pierre Galante
Jack Carr
as Postman
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Audience Reviews for Return to Peyton Place

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Well produced melodrama, excellent art direction and costumes. The performances are fine, especially Mary Astor as the controlling mother. The story is a bit much but I was always interested in the story.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Well produced melodrama, excellent art direction and costumes. The performances are fine, especially Mary Astor as the controlling mother. The story is a bit much but I was always interested in the story.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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