|Living in "Peyton Place" is no picnic!|
|An estimated 1 in 29 people had read "Peyton Place"|
at the height of its popularity.
|Off-screen, Lana Turner wasn't exactly a wallflower!|
|Lana Turner as upright and uptight Constance MacKenzie in "Peyton Place."|
|Welcome to Peyton Place! Lee Phillips as Michael Rossi, |
the one uninspired performance in the movie.
|Left, Lloyd Nolan as no-nonsense Doc Swain, telling some tough truth to the people of Peyton Place!|
|Diane Varsi and Russ Tamblyn as shy kids Allison and Norman.|
|Constance gets her comeuppance from daughter Allison. Turner's best moment.|
|Turner as Constance, on the witness stand. Lana would appear in a real courtroom|
the following year!
The greatest task for solid studio director Mark Robson and his screenwriters was to “clean up” the scandalous story for the silver screen. This was Hollywood hypocrisy at its best: Let’s buy a salacious book, turn it into a whitewashed movie, and then promote it as shocking!
|28-year-old Terry Moore is less than believable as hot teenager Betty Anderson.|
Finally, Peyton Place was still playing in theaters when Lana Turner’s latest boyfriend, gangster Johnny Stompanato, was fatally stabbed by her daughter, Cheryl. The details that flowed after the murder made Peyton Place look like a small-town picnic. When Lana was going through her real trial the following year, some audience members were heard to call out their support to Turner as she testified onscreen in Peyton Place.
|Blood, sweat, and tears: Lana at the inquest over the stabbing death of gangster boytoy Johnny Stompanato.|