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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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Cast

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Dick Carver
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John Wiley
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Appuhamy
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Dr. Pereira
Noel Drayton ...
Planter Atkinson
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Mrs. Lakin
Barry Bernard ...
Planter Strawson
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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Elefantenpfad  »

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Budget:

$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

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 »

Quotes

Ruth Wiley: Oh, what a beautiful view!
John Wiley: That's the elephant walk where the place got its name. Before the governor built here, the elephants used to come down that track for centuries to get to the water.
Ruth Wiley: They don't still try to come through do they?
John Wiley: Elephants always remember.
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Connections

Referenced in Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Many Dreams Ago
Music by Franz Waxman
Lyrics by Mack David
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Impressions of a Nine-Year-Old
21 January 2006 | by (Rochester, NY) – See all my reviews

My parents took me to this movie when I was nine years old. I have never forgotten it. I had never before seen anything as beautiful as Elizabeth Taylor. (She was twenty-two when she made Elephant Walk) Remember, I'm nine, so the feelings aren't sexual, I just couldn't see anything else on the screen. I just wanted to sit at her feet like a puppy and stare up at her. She has begun to show her age, (She's almost seventy-four) but I still believe her to be one of the most beautiful and breathtaking women to ever have lived.

I have seen the movie several times since, and it is a sappy melodrama. What saves it is, of course, Miss Taylor's beauty, magnificent scenery, the very impressive elephant stampede, and a well-made point on human arrogance in the face of nature.

All in all, a well-spent couple of hours watching the movie channel or a rented video.


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