In the outwardly respectable New England community of Peyton Place, shopkeeper Constance McKenzie tries to make up for a past indiscretion — which resulted in her illegitimate daughter Allison — by adopting a chaste, prudish attitude towards all things sexual. In spite of herself, Constance can't help but be attracted to handsome new teacher Michael Rossi. Meanwhile, the restless Allison, who'd like to be as footloose and fancy-free as the town's “fast girl” Betty Anderson, falls sincerely in love with mixed-up mama's boy Norman Page.
Tagline:Small town America will never be the same again.
Cast:Arthur Kennedy, Arthur Tovey, Barry Coe, Betty Field, David Nelson, Diane Varsi, Erin O'Brien-Moore, Hope Lange, John Doucette, Lana Turner, Lee Philips, Leon Ames, Lloyd Nolan, Lorne Greene, Mildred Dunnock, Peg Hillias, Robert H. Harris, Russ Tamblyn, Scotty Morrow, Staats Cotsworth, Terry Moore