Monday, April 27, 2015

Classic TV: Peyton Place (1964)

20th Century Fox adapted a fair number of their movies into television series in the 60's. In 1964 alone, there were at least three: 12 0'Clock High, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and our next subject, Peyton Place.

If you've ever wondered why Batman aired twice a week when it started in 1966, look no further than the success enjoyed by Peyton Place, which bowed in 1964, and aired twice a week as well for most of its run. The cast included Dorothy Malone, Mia Farrow, Ed Nelson, and Ryan O'Neal. Farrow left the series, and O'Neal eventually did, too, to pursue film careers.

In fact, this sample episode would be Farrow's last. You'll hear the familiar voice of Dick Tufeld (Lost in Space) as the announcer.

Several years after the series ended, Fox decided to revive Peyton----as a daytime soap. Return to Peyton Place aired on NBC for a few months, but as with most soaps, I doubt it's on DVD.

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