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