Replacing Vivien Leigh after she was felled by illness, Elizabeth Taylor stars as Ruth Wiley, a young English bride whose wealthy husband, John (Peter Finch), has spirited her off to his vast tea plantation in the jungles of Ceylon. Initially excited to be in this new environment, Ruth soon discovers that her new husband considers her no more than an attractive possession who can't compete for his attention with activities like indoor polo with his cronies. Since this and similar games absorb much of John's time, his friend Dick Carver (Dana Andrews) actually runs the plantation. No mere businessman, the sensitive Carver likes to rattle off Chopin nocturnes, and he and Ruth soon become involved. Now eager to leave a house that has become like a prison, Ruth asks Dick to take her to Paris, and he agrees. But an epidemic of cholera suddenly breaks out, and everyone on the plantation is put under quarantine. To add to their problems, Ruth has learned that her husband's father built their house directly in the path of an elephant walk--and the local elephants have suddenly become very restless. This slick soap opera reveals Sri Lanka to be a land of great natural beauty.
Franz Waxman - Film composer
Joseph MacMillan Johnson - Production Designer
Peter Finch - Oscar-winning Australian Actor/In UK
Elizabeth Taylor - Oscar winning actress, GIANT, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Liz Taylor - Oscar winning actress, GIANT, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Rosalind Ivan - British Actress/Writer
Irving Asher - Producer
John Lee Mahin
Barry Bernard - Supporting Actor - 1950s
Hal Pereira - Production Designer
Loyal Griggs - American Director of Photography
William Dieterle - Director/Actor
Wilhelm Dieterle - Director/Actor
Abraham Sofaer - Character Actor
Edward Ashley - Australian Actor/In UK
Dana Andrews - American Actor
Carver Dana Andrews - American Actor
Ram Gopal Varma - Hindi director, BOLLYWOOD DREAMS (1995)
Ramgopal Varma - Hindi director, BOLLYWOOD DREAMS (1995)
Set in barely postcolonial Ceylon, the film stars Elizabeth Taylor as Ruth Wiley, a recent bride who has just arrived from England with her husband, John (Peter Finch), an immensely wealthy tea planter. Before long, Ruth realizes that John is far more interested in playing indoor polo with his cronies than he is in her, and she becomes involved with plantation overseer Dick Carver (Dana Andrews). Wiley's indifference to his wife is matched by his contempt for nature, which will soon prove disastrous.
Theatrical release: April 21, 1954. Shooting location: Sri Lanka. Actress Vivien Leigh was originally scheduled to star in ELEPHANT WALK but was replaced by Elizabeth Taylor because of an illness. Leigh, however, can still be seen in certain long shots. After several British movies, actor Peter Finch made his American debut in this film.