Peyton Place

Best Picture
Academy Awards
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Academy Awards
A rollicking good yarn with obvious melodramatic tensions borne from some very juicy themes.


Peyton Place

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit:
60th Anniversary Screening
Wednesday, July 12, at 7:00 PM at the Royal Theatre
Q & A with Co-Star Terry Moore

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 60th anniversary screening of 'Peyton Place,' the smash hit movie version of Grace Metalious’s best-selling novel. The film earned nine top Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It also tied the all-time record of five acting nominations from a single film: Lana Turner as Best Actress and four supporting nods, for newcomers Diane Varsi and Hope Lange, along with Arthur Kennedy and Russ Tamblyn.

Metalious’s novel exposed the steamy shenanigans in a small New England town, and even in a slightly toned down version, the film tackled such once-forbidden topics as rape, incest, sexual hypocrisy and repression. It opened in December of 1957 and became the second highest grossing film of 1958 after going into wide release and then spawned a sequel and a popular TV series in the 1960s.

Leonard Maltin summed up the critical consensus when he wrote, “Grace Metalious’s once-notorious novel receives Grade A filming.” Producer Jerry Wald (whose credits included 'Mildred Pierce,' 'Key Largo,' 'Johnny Belinda,' 'An Affair to Remember,' 'The Long Hot Summer,' and 'Sons and Lovers') bought the rights to the novel for $250,000 and hired a first-rate team to bring it to the screen. Screenwriter John Michael Hayes wrote many of the best Alfred Hitchcock movies of the 1950s, including 'Rear Window,' 'The Trouble with Harry,' and 'The Man Who Knew Too Much.' Director Mark Robson started as an assistant editor on Orson Welles’ 'Citizen Kane' and 'The Magnificent Ambersons,' then directed such successful films as 'Champion,' 'The Bridges at Toko-Ri,' and 'Inn of the Sixth Happiness.' Oscar winning composer Franz Waxman provided the memorable score. The cast also includes Mildred Dunnock, Betty Field, Lloyd Nolan, David Nelson, Terry Moore, and Barry Coe.

The Hollywood Reporter praised all the performances but singled out co-star Terry Moore, who “shows what a forceful and moving actress she can be.” Moore made a vivid impression in 1949’s 'Mighty Joe Young,' then earned an Oscar nomination for 'Come Back, Little Sheba' in 1952. Her other films include 'Man on a Tightrope' with Fredric March, 'King of the Khyber Rifles' with Tyrone Power, 'Beneath the 12-Mile Reef' with Robert Wagner, and 'Daddy Long Legs' with Fred Astaire and Leslie Caron. She made 77 feature films over the course of her career and also appeared in many TV series and movies.
Not Rated
Drama, Romance, Anniversary Classics
Mark Robson
Arthur Kennedy, Russ Tamblyn, Terry Moore
Nominee, Best Picture, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Director, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay, Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Cinematography, Academy Awards

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