I watch Peyton Place and enjoy it (sentiment may play a role in this, as my mom loved both the movie and series); and while I know of Sirk and his films, I'm not well-informed enough to compare/contrast. PP is dated in some ways, but sexual abuse is dealt with pretty frankly, and the performances are good, IMO (Hope Lange in particular, again IMO). Beautiful scenery in spots, much of the film having been shot in Maine. Soapy yes, but also a decent portrayal of small-town attitudes / life in the 50s. I try to catch it whenever I can.