Elephant Walk (1954)

Elephant Walk




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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) … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Standish, Liam O'Brien, John Lee Mahin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 12, 2005
Paramount Pictures


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as Appuhamy

as Dr. Pereira

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as Mrs. Lakin

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as Chisholm

as Norbert

as Mrs. Beezely

as Car Servant

as Native Patient

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Critic Reviews for Elephant Walk

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Elephant Walk, though hardly a work of art, is an astonishingly neat feat of manufacture.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Robert Standish's novel about life among the pekoe-planters rates a sprawling script and direction that lacks attention-holding pace from William Dieterle.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

Unfortunately, the script that John Lee Mahin prepared from the Robert Standish book is lengthy and hackneyed in the build-up, and William Dieterle's direction does not provide anything more than gaudy panoramas of a tropical palace to fascinate the eye.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

I was 11 when I saw William Dieterle's 1954 adaptation of the Robert Standish novel Elephant Walk... and I loved it, though I don't know what I'd think today.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Delirious mixture of romance and melodrama, with gorgeous location shooting.

Full Review… | January 30, 2012
Classic Film and Television

The lush Griggs cinematography and rich Waxman score enhance an otherwise lightweight movie.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Elephant Walk


A wealthy tea tycoon sweeps small-town Elizabeth Taylor off her feet and carries her away to his remote jungle plantation in Ceylon. Once there, his young bride discovers that her husband's enormous mansion was built directly across an active elephant trail, bringing people and pachyderms into constant conflict.

Elephant Walk is a product of the 1950's and it's under-tone of post-war prosperity attests to that fact. Taylor is beautiful and principled and virtuous, the picture-perfect bride. Her husband, Edward Ashley, is struggling with the lingering specter of his over-bearing, recently deceased father and his own heart-felt compassion for his wife. Add to that a handsome plantation manager in the form of Dana Andrews and you've got the makings of a melodramatic love triangle.

The cinematography alone would make this film worth watching, but the sight of Elizabeth Taylor being pursued by a herd of rampaging elephants is the image that every classic movie fan will want to see. Elephant Walk isn't for everyone, but for those of you who can appreciate old-school Hollywood glamor and big budget studio productions it's highly recommended.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Well, it was kind of the same story as Rebecca, except in Sri Lanka and a lot of mad elephants, and not as good. Yeah.

Valerie G

Super Reviewer

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