The epic film Ben-Hur released by Metro-Goldwyn-Meyer in the United States of America, was screened in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in the 1960s. Radio Ceylon has also mentioned the film in the 1960s. Vernon Corea loved the film and took his family to see Charlton Heston in action. Vernon also had the book written by Lew Wallace on his bookshelf at 5A Maha Nuge Gardens in Colombo in the 1960s.
Charlton Heston won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Ben Hur.
Vernon was very moved by this scene when Judah Ben-Hur encounters Jesus Christ:
Vernon used to tell his children that he was convinced that there was a red Austin Mini car under the arches during the classic race. But this is an urban legend. Read all about the urban myths surrounding Ben Hur published in 2012 in the Daily Mirror in the United Kingdom:
Wikipedia on the film Ben Hur: