A thread that begs to be resurrected is the original Peyton Place discussion @James from London began in February 2009. I can't re-post all 30 pages of it (not sure I could even find them), but James' original thoughts on the show have to be preserved. PEYTON PLACE (1957) Having heard a lot about it, but never actually seen (or read) it, I thought it was about time to actually do it. So I've started with the original 1957 movie ... ... which is full of all kinds of juicy: suicide, rape, illegitimacy, alcoholism, semi-incest, (none of which are referred to as such on screen) and finishing off with a good old fashioned murder trial. What stops it being merely a succession of episodic mishaps (see the screen adaptations of RICH MAN POOR MAN and VALLEY OF THE DOLLS) is its sense of small town place and period. While ostensibly set in the early 40s, it actually screams late 50s (some WWII references notwithstanding). The teens of the town, hemmed by their neurotically repressed and/or controlling parents, are desperately trying to figure out how sex works before they explode. It's like REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE without a rebel, or a clue. While PEYTON PLACE is apparently responsible for the prime time soap genre, its influence can most clearly be seen in David Lynch's BLUE VELVET, which takes the idea of achingly earnest teens navigating the darkness that lies behind the white picket fences of suburbia to its (il)logical extreme. It's surely no coincidence that Hope Lange, the traumatised teenager of PEYTON PLACE, later shows up as the mother of the Laura Dern, the traumatised teenager of BLUE VELVET - or that Russ Tamblyn, wonderful in PP as an innocent boy with a mother complex (and a striking resemblance to Michael C Hall of SIX FEET UNDER and DEXTER fame) should later appear as seedy psychiatrist Dr Jacoby in Lynch's TWIN PEAKS (which, like PEYTON PLACE, is a soap set in a town dominated by a big mill--not to mention another incestuous father). Lange and Tamblyn aside, the only actors in the movie I'm familiar are Lloyd Nolan, great as the kindly doctor who risks everything to speak out against the silent hypocrisy of the town, and Lana Turner, ideally cast as a protective mother whose chilly respectability belies a sordid secret. Much like the characters it depicts, the movie is earnest, repressed and oddly touching.