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
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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 »
During the first bicycle polo scene, there are four drink glasses on the server's tray when John Wiley takes one, followed by another rider who also grabs a glass, leaving just two on the tray. However the very next pass in which a rider goes for a glass the tray is full. See more »
William Dieterle's Elephant Walk is basically Rebecca in the Naked Jungle, with a dead father replacing a dead wife, Abraham Sofaer made up to look surprisingly like Ben Kingsley in the Judith Anderson role and elephants bringing the house down instead of ants. This time it's Elizabeth Taylor (replacing an increasingly erratic Vivien Leigh, who is still reputedly visible in some long shots) as the nice English girl who discovers that her nice husband Peter Finch is still living in the terrible shadow of his father, who bloody-mindedly built their tea plantation bungalow across the path the elephants used to use to get to the river. While the elephants try to reassert their right of way, the rains are late and the natives go down with cholera, Liz falls for Dana Andrews' more clear-eyed overseer, but this being 1953 and as in thrall to the ghost of Daphne Du Maurier as Finch is to 'The Governor', it's a foregone conclusion that this one will end in flames and the sanctity of marriage reaffirmed. Fairly typical studio product, but entertaining enough in its shamelessly derivative way. And don't forget to look out for the present the lead elephant leaves in its wake as it heads down the hill to Elephant Walk!
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