Elephant Walk

Elephant Walk

Elizabeth Taylor
Director: William Dieterle Cast: Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
, Dana Andrews
Dana Andrews
, Peter Finch
Peter Finch
William Dieterle


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Elephant Walk was several weeks into production when the film's original leading lady, Vivien Leigh, was replaced by Elizabeth Taylor (you can still see Leigh in a few long shots). Based on a novel by Robert Standish, the film casts Taylor as Ruth Wiley, the new bride of solemn plantation owner John Wiley (Peter Finch). At first thrilled at the prospect of living in the wilds of Ceylon, Ruth rapidly becomes a beautiful bird in a gilded cage. When American overseer Dick Carver (Dana Andrews) arrives on the scene, Ruth falls in love. Before she can leave her husband, though, the region is devastated by cholera. Making things worse, the local elephants go on a rampage, destroying her husband's mansion, which his father had maliciously built in the middle of the pachyderm's ancient right of way. Fraught with sexual symbolism, Elephant Walk works on a high-gloss soap opera level. The climactic stampede, however, is disappointingly filmed on a studio interior set, robbing what should have been a rousing climax of much of its credibility.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2019
UPC: 0032429311627
Original Release: 1954
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 475

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Taylor Ruth Wiley
Dana Andrews Dick Carver
Peter Finch John Wiley
Abraham Sofaer Appuhamy
Abner Biberman Dr. Pereira
Noel Drayton Atkinson
Rosalind Ivan Mrs. Lakin
Barry Bernard Strawson
Philip Tonge Ralph
Edward Ashley Gregory
Leo Britt Chisholm
Delmar Costello Native Patient
Charles Heard Actor
Victor Millan Koru
Jack Raine Norbert
Rodd Redwing Actor
Leslie Sketchley Actor
Norma Varden Mrs. Beezely
Carlos Rivero Car Servant
Satini Puailoa Foreman
Reginald Lal Singh Actor

Technical Credits
William Dieterle Director
Irving Asher Producer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Farciot Edouart Cinematographer
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Ram Gopal Choreography
Grace Gregory Set Decoration/Design
Loyal Griggs Cinematographer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
J. McMillan Johnson Art Director
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
Liam O'Brien Screenwriter
Hal Pereira Art Director
George Tomasini Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Elephant Walk
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