Peyton Place - Netflix
Peyton Place was America's first truly successful primetime serial. The series was the brainchild of veteran producer Paul Monash. Impressed with the success of Britain's monster hit Coronation Street, Monash wanted to import that UK series; however, ABC executives felt that US audiences would not cotton to the thick British accents and kitchen-sink drama. Monash countered with a slightly revamped version of Peyton Place, which had been a wildly popular novel by Grace Metalious and subsequent Hollywood film starring Lana Turner and Diane Varsi. While the book and series centered on the pious, hypocritical behavior of New England residents, the TV series eschewed most of that lasciviousness and told the story of life in a small New England village. In many ways, the TV program resembled a dramatic version of The Andy Griffith Show, featuring a recurring cast of warm, sympathetic characters.
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Peyton Place - Peyton Place (film) - Netflix
Peyton Place is a 1957 American drama film directed by Mark Robson and starring Lana Turner, Hope Lange, Diane Varsi, Lee Philips, Arthur Kennedy, and Russ Tamblyn. Based on the bestselling 1956 novel of the same name by Grace Metalious, its plot follows 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 belie its tranquil façade.
Peyton Place - Accolades - Netflix
The film received nine Oscar nominations (and no wins), including four honoring supporting performances, which tied a record set three years earlier by On the Waterfront. That record would later be matched by Tom Jones, and The Godfather Part II. The film's nine Oscar nominations without a win also tied a then-Academy Award's record for biggest shut-out (with The Little Foxes). That record was later surpassed by The Turning Point in 1977 and The Color Purple in 1985, both of which won zero of eleven nominations. 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
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