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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

Complete credited cast:
... Ruth Wiley
... Dick Carver
... John Wiley
... Appuhamy
... Dr. Pereira
Noel Drayton ... Planter Atkinson
... Mrs. Lakin
Barry Bernard ... Planter Strawson
... Planter John Ralph
... Planter Gordon Gregory
Leo Britt ... Planter Chisholm
My Lee Haulani ... Rayna (as Mylee Haulani)
Madhyma Lanka Nritya Mandala Dancers ... 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)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000, 31 December 1954
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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

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 »

Quotes

Ruth Wiley: Please don't stop.
Dick Carver: You like it? It's Chopin.
Ruth Wiley: Yes, I know. We even have Chopin in Shillingworth.
Dick Carver: Touche!
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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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A truly underrated Elizabeth Taylor film
12 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

The scintillating Elizabeth Taylor stars in this lesser-known classic as a young girl from London who falls in love with a tea plantation owner from British Ceylon (current day Sri Lanka). Upon arrival she instantly feels out of place and is forced to adapt to the new culture as well as be in constant awareness of the angry elephant herd. William Dieterle, who also directed The Life Of Emile Zola and Portrait Of Jennie , does a masterful job of bringing a somewhat dark, and almost eerie, undertone to this romance and the setting is one of the most beautiful I've seen with the black and white themed mansion and the gorgeous island scenery.


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