PEYTON PLACE                                                     06-23-00

PROBLEMS:

The following problems have beset us in summarizing the episodes.
It is our desire to be informative, accurate, and interesting.

The book store which Constance Mackenzie owns and runs is properly
named "The Book-Gallery", but sometimes it is awkward to use the
correct name.  

When referring to miss Choate the title or honorarium "miss" is not 
capitalized as one would "Mrs." or "Mr."  We sometimes have difficulty 
deciding whether to use nurse Choate or miss Choate.  We read somewhere 
that her given name is Esther.

We have tried to correct the misspellings of the following words, but
a few errors may still exist:
Annulled, Annullment
The word "into" is sometimes written incorrectly as "in to".
We have chosen to capitalize the word "Pillory" since it plays such an
important part in the story.
We have not been consistent in putting the period or comma properly 
inside or outside the brackets or quotation marks.
It is readily apparent to your reviewers/summarizers that our training
in these areas is woefully lacking.  If a book publisher is interested
in correcting and embellishing our efforts they are certainly encouraged to 
contact us.

We have at least 3 goals in our efforts:

1. Encourage "American Movie Classics" to run this wonderful series again.
2. Publish the script.
3. Offer for sale, individual episodes, or the complete series on video tape.

I would like for them to have someone of the caliber of Allister Cook 
introduce the episodes like he did for "Upstairs-Downstairs."  He could 
discuss the changes in attitude toward women which are well illustrated in 
the dialog.  As an example, Dr. Rossi threatened to spank Rachel if she 
were to dye her hair.  He threatened to spank Rita if she didn't follow 
doctor's orders.  I don't think these would be an acceptable comments, even 
in jest, today.  Norman often told Rita, in one way or another, how dumb 
she was.  This is no longer acceptable in polite society.  Only three 
characters in the story had drug problems.  George Anderson, Paul Hanley, 
and Richard Jensen. These days, drug abuse would be a major problem.  The 
refrigerator in Lee Webber's house was one with the coils on top.  It would 
be a valuable antique today and certainly deserves mention.  In many cases 
the light switches are those using a black button and a white button.  
These are still seen at flea markets but are not in common use today.  It 
should be noted that Martin Peyton did not have a television set in his 
house.  This shows rare good judgment on his part.  The only television 
sets we recall were in Lee Webber's house, Carolyn Russell's bedroom, the 
Russell livingroom, the Mackenzie (Carson) livingroom, and the Anderson 
livingroom. At the time the series was filmed, touch-tone phones were not 
yet in common use.  The phones in several offices were upgraded from single 
line to 5-line, 10-line, and 15-line phones.  Speaker phones were also 
added.  This all sounds rather boring the way we tell it, but someone like 
Allister Cook could make it rather interesting, with the help of motivated
writers. 

The introductions could mention that none of the characters was ever seen 
in a grocery store or supermarket.  They bought apples in the General Store 
and could eat at the Pharmacy, the Colonial Post Inn, the Cider Barrel, or 
even at Ada Jacks' Tavern.  Seafood was also available outside on the wharf.

It appears that one had to drive to White river to buy chocolates, to 
gamble, or attend cultural events.  This is in contrast to the fact that 
Peyton Place had an outstanding hospital, with the obvious exception of the 
physical therapy department. 

We were astounded that anyone in the hospital, including miss Choate, Dr. 
Morton, or Dr. Rossi would allow teenagers to run rodent experiments on 
premises.

There appeared to be only 2 elevators in Peyton Place.  At the high school 
and the one installed in the middle of the series in the reception area of 
Doctors Hospital.

We don't yet have a precise count but it seems that there were between 50 
and 100 hospital employees.  Mostly doctors and nurses.  This seems pretty 
high for a "small" town of 8 or 9 thousand.

The beach near Dr. Rossi's cottage was said to have dunes.  Jeff Kramer 
drove a dune buggy.

Very little was made of Sparhawk Employment, near Rodney's Shoreline 
Garage.  Elliot went there once to get material for a story on seamen.

The inside of the fire station was never shown.

DNA testing was not yet in use.

The "k" in Mackenzie should not be capitalized?  It isn't on the Book 
Gallery window. The MacKENZIE Mailbox is rather ambiguous in this area. 

The above should illustrate that there is enough trivial material for 
introductions to the episodes.

The narrator could alert us to look for strange changes in hair length in 
those episodes that were shot out of sequence.

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