Peyton Place (film)  

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Peyton Place is a 1957 American drama film based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Grace Metalious. Despite the fact that the script had been extensively reworked to accommodate contemporary mores, Peyton Place nevertheless was viewed as a shocking repudiation of stereotypical American small-town morality at the time of its release.

Peyton Place is a story about the lives and loves of the residents of a small New England town in the years immediately preceding and following World War II. Behind the town's tranquil fa├žade hides scandal, homicide, suicide, sexual deviance, and moral hypocrisy. At the core of its plot are three women: Constance Mackenzie, a moralistic woman who has shielded her tarnished past from daughter Allison (an aspiring author and alter ego of Metalious), and Selena Cross, a "good" girl living on the wrong side of the tracks who hides a terrible secret. Peyton Place was filmed in Camden, Maine and the surrounding New England countryside.

A major box office hit, Peyton Place was the second highest grossing film of 1958.

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