Vernon Corea enjoyed watching the film ‘The Purple Plain’ starring the American Hollywood icon Gregory Peck in 1954. Gregory Peck stayed at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo during the film. The Purple Plain (adapted from the book written by H.E.Bates with the screenplay by Eric Ambler) was filmed in Sri Lanka.
According to the Daily News, Sri Lanka: ‘The Purple Plain (1954) was another film that was shot almost entirely on location in Ceylon. It was based on the 1947 novel of the same name by author H E Bates, and starred Gregory Peck, Bernard Lee and Maurice Denham. The story was about a Canadian pilot serving in the Royal Air Force in Burma in the closing months of the World War II, who is battling with depression after having lost his wife. Most of the filming was done in and around Sigiriya as well as in Elephant Pass, Kitulgala and on the Kelani River. Name the American film editor, director, writer and former actor who directed The Purple Plain.’