Elephant Walk, filmed in Ceylon

Vernon Corea 1927-2002

A film enjoyed by Vernon Corea was ‘Elephant Walk,’ it was actually filmed in Ceylon in 1954. Elizabeth Taylor was very popular in Ceylon, she starred in ‘Elephant Walk’ alongside Peter Finch and Dana Andrews. The film was directed by William Dieterle.Elephant Walk was filmed in the year of Vernon’s marriage to Monica – Vernon was teaching at Uva College, Badulla at the time where he met Monica who was also a teacher. The newspapers in Colombo were full of the stars arriving in Ceylon.

Vivian Leigh took on the lead role but had to withdraw from filming due to her bi-polar illness. Apparently Laurence Olivier was meant to have starred alongside her but he had to cancel because of a film clash.

There are plenty of long shots featuring Vivian Leigh, here is one of her flying into Colombo Airport in Ratmalana on a Air Ceylon DC3 aircraft.


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