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PEYTON PLACE
April 29, 2012  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

When Peyton Place first premiered on ABC in the Sixties, bringing the soap opera and Mia Farrow to prime time in a big way, I had no idea it was based on a movie from the decade before. (Hey, even I had to be young sometime). But here’s the original article, based on Grace Metalious’ steamy read (think of it as Twilight without the fangs, or 50 Shades of Gray without the bondage). Made in 1957, it stars Lana Turner as Constance McKenzie, the original Desperate Housewife, with Diane Varsi as Allison, the sexually awakening young daughter played in the TV series, in a star-making turn, by Farrow.

 
 
 
 
 
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