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Elephant Walk (1954)

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

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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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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Vivien Leigh was originally cast. Her mental illness begun affecting things during filming, and so she was replaced by Elizabeth Taylor. Many long shots and shots from behind are still of Leigh. See more »

Goofs

When trying to leave Elephant Walk in their vehicle, Dick Carver and Ruth Wiley are stopped at a gate with a quarantine warning sign due to a cholera outbreak. Immediately after, they are shown still driving and having to stop again due to the roadblock. See more »

Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #4.35 (1954) See more »

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Many Dreams Ago
Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Mack David
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Man against nature with a romantic angle
3 August 2005 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Essentially a story of man versus nature, this film has beautiful cinematography, the lush jungles of Ceylon and the presence of Elizabeth Taylor but the film really never gets going. Newlwed Taylor is ignored and neglected by her husband and later is drawn to the plantation's foreman, played by Dana Andrews. The plantation is under the spell of owner Peter Finch's late father whose ghost casts a pall over Elephant Walk that becomes a major point of contention between Taylor and Finch. The elephants are determined to reclaim their traditional path to water that was blocked when the mansion was built across their right-of-way. The beasts go on a rampage and provides the best moments of action in the picture. Taylor and Andrews have some good moments as she struggles to remain a faithful wife in spite of he marital difficulties with Finch.


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