Peyton Place

Season 1 Episode 1

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Aired Unknown Sep 15, 1964 on ABC
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Dr. Michael Rossi arrives by train in the New England village of Peyton Place, Massachusetts. He is met by young Rodney Harrington, whose Aunt Laura was married to Dr. Donald Brooks, Peyton Place's recently deceased GP. Rodney and his girlfriend Betty Anderson drive Rossi to the inn. Later, Rod stops by the office of his father Leslie, who manages the Peyton Mill. Rod discovers his father locked in a passionate embrace with secretary Julie Anderson, Betty's mother. Leslie attempts to explain the situation, but Rodney leaves in silence. Leslie assures Julie he will make his son understand, but she's skeptical. Rod's unwillingness to comment on his sudden aloofness angers Betty. He takes her home then drives wildly into the night, almost hitting virginal Allison MacKenzie. Rod offers Allison a lift home. Her innocence touches him, and he impulsively kisses her. She withdraws, stating flatly that he can tell everyone she's frigid. Rod says she can tell everyone that he's dumb, prompting Allison to reciprocate the kiss. Allison's mother, bookstore proprietress Constance MacKenzie, watches their embrace from the window. When Allison enters the house, Connie follows her to her room. She requests that Allison not see Rodney. Allison explains that they were only kissing. Connie replies cryptically, "That's how it starts." Allison replies that she wants it to start. She wants to be in love. She gazes dreamily at herself in the mirror. Dr. Rossi is smoking a cigarette in the town square. He meets Matthew Swain, publisher of the Peyton Place Clarion. Matt tells him that life in a small-town is very predictable. One day, Rossi will realize that he knows every face. He'll have a definite opinion about them, and they'll have a definite opinion about him. They'll either love or hate one another, but they won't be indifferent.moreless

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Dorothy Malone

Dorothy Malone

Constance Mackenzie

Warner Anderson

Warner Anderson

Matthew Swain / Narrator

Ed Nelson

Ed Nelson

Dr. Michael Rossi

Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow

Allison Mackenzie

Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal

Rodney Harrington

Barbara Parkins

Barbara Parkins

Betty Anderson

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