All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Friday, September 15, 2006

Peyton Place and Camden

Loren Coleman guest-posted over at Strange Maine yesterday on the filming of Peyton Place in Camden in 1957. With the 50th anniversary of the then-scandalous movie approaching, this won't be the last we hear of it.
The "real" Peyton Place is not Camden, Maine (the filmsite) or Gilmanton, New Hampshire, where Grace Metalious lived when she wrote the novel. Peyton Place apparently, instead, is a fictional composite of the nearby towns of Laconia, New Hampshire (where Grace Metalious allegedly did most of her drinking), Belmont, Gilmanton and other nearby villages.

Camden, Maine still celebrates its role as the location for the film. For example, the promotional material for the Blackberry Inn notes it hosted the Peyton Place cast party after the filming ended. Other locations around the town are likewise highlighted in printed and online references. [Link]
Camden was chosen as the film's location in April of 1957, after Woodstock, Vermont, turned the producers down, and nearby White River Junction proved unsuitable. Some in Maine objected to the filming as well: a resident of Phippsburg told a reporter that "We don't want any part of that book around here. Even if it is true, people shouldn't talk about it."


At 9:30 PM, September 16, 2006, Blogger Yank said...

I am enjoying your articles, particularly this Peyton Place article. I wondered if you would be interested in exchanging links.
Keep up the good work.


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