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Elephant Walk (1954)

 -  Drama  -  21 April 1954 (USA)
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The young bride of a rich planter finds herself the only white woman at Elephant Walk tea plantation, British Ceylon.

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Ruth Wiley
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Dick Carver
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John Wiley
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Appuhamy
Abner Biberman ...
Dr. Pereira
Noel Drayton ...
Planter Atkinson
Rosalind Ivan ...
Mrs. Lakin
Barry Bernard ...
Planter Strawson
Philip Tonge ...
Planter John Ralph
Edward Ashley ...
Planter Gordon Gregory
Leo Britt ...
Planter Chisholm
My Lee Haulani ...
Rayna (as Mylee Haulani)
Madhyma Lanka Nritya Mandala Dancers ...
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Colonial tea planter John Wiley, visiting England at the end of World War II, wins and weds lovely English rose Ruth and takes her home to Elephant Walk, Ceylon, where the local elephants have a grudge against the plantation. Ruth's delight with the tropical wealth and luxury of her new home is tempered by isolation as the only white woman in the district; by her husband's occasional imperious arrogance; by a mutual physical attraction with plantation manager Dick Carver; and by the hovering, ominous menace of the hostile elephants... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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One man claimed the land. Two men claimed the woman who lived there.

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21 April 1954 (USA)  »

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Elefantenpfad  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paramount's last 1.37:1 production. Future films from Paramount would either be shot in 1.37:1 and composed for Widescreen presentation, or shot in Widescreen and composed for Widescreen presentation. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, John Wiley (Peter Finch) does a voiceover reading of a page from "The Diary of Elephant Walk", shown on screen. Near the bottom of the page, Wiley (Finch), reading it aloud, says, "It was pouring with rain," even though the text seen on the screen reads "It was pouring rain." (In fact, as an Englishman, Wiley would normally have said - and written - "pouring with rain". "Pouring rain" is the American usage.) See more »

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Intriguing soap opera with shades of "Rebecca"!
25 March 2007 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A beautiful shopgirl in London is swept off her feet by a millionaire tea plantation owner and soon finds herself married and living with him at his villa in British Ceylon. Although based upon the book by Robert Standish, this initial set-up is highly reminiscent of Hitchock's "Rebecca", with leading lady Elizabeth Taylor clashing with the imposing chief of staff at the mansion and (almost immediately) her own husband, who is still under the thumb of his deceased-but-dominant father. Taylor, a last-minute substitute for an ailing Vivien Leigh, looks creamy-smooth in her high fashion wardrobe, and her performance is quite strong; however, once husband Peter Finch starts drinking heavily and barking orders at her, one might think her dedication to him rather masochistic (this feeling hampers the ending as well). Still, the film offers a heady lot for soap buffs: romantic drama, a bit of travelogue, interpretive dance, an elephant stampede, and a perfectly-timed outbreak of cholera! *** from ****


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