Written by / 6/28/2020 / No comments / , , , , , ,

ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND DANA ANDREWS IN 'ELEPHANT WALK'

Poster artwork for ELEPHANT WALK Year: 1954
Elephants are beautiful, majestic, powerful and... potentially dangerous — not man-eaters but could easily become human-stompers if something got in their way...

So in ELEPHANT WALK the gallant gray beasts provide a suspenseful element of doom... which takes an entire brooding melodrama to pan out... and yet, it's not all their fault..
Dana Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
As usual, those vapid, selfish humans are to blame: And in the British Dominion of Ceylon, an immense watering hole that herds of elephants would rush to during drought season, has a "bungalow" mansion as a bulwark to their path. And only a large backyard wall serves as protection...

KING KONG proved how ineffective that can be, and like that movie, the plot is simple, and most important, extremely familiar to Elizabeth Taylor fans...
Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
In two years she'd star alongside Rock Hudson and a posthumous James Dean in what would be her greatest film, GIANT – as the wife of a stubborn, determined, old-fashioned millionaire, she was equally set in her ways and not too crazy about the ingrained "boys club" mentality...

While here, being the only white woman in a land full of natives, she's not as headstrong as the husband she'd met in England, played by a weaselly Peter Finch, the owner of the "Elephant Walk" Tea Plantation: Their hotel-like chateau perpetually harbors loud, obnoxiously-drunk Englishmen playing bicycle-polo in the main hall...
Dana Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Instead of putting her foot down, Taylor's more vulnerable, ladylike character whines, mopes and desperately yearns for the man she fell for back home – who we only caught five minutes of during the prologue, making Finch's role one-dimensional and severely limited.

During that first night, after meeting the Brits and an untrusting servant/butler (foreshadowing Mercedes McCambridge, the controlling sister in GIANT, and also reminiscent of a character in the extremely similar REBECCA), her only bright spot is our man of the hour, Dana Andrews, who managed the plant while the boss was away...
Dana Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Both share an initial conversation so overly flirtatious that, later on, they never quite gain momentum for a windswept romance, or for that to be unique or surprising...

Soon enough, Finch gets injured, and, in bed for two weeks, Andrews and Taylor partially-bond outside, riding horses against the lovely exterior of hilly regions, tall trees and a giant Sleepy Buddha statue.
Dana Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
The best scenes involve Taylor's mounting fear of not only the elephants outside, but a morbid curiosity about the plantation's founder: her husband's deceased father, known as either The Governor or The Master, buried at the foot of the backyard anti-Elephant wall in a bizarre, godlike fashion.

Meanwhile, the suspense is palpable as she realizes the dead Master's phantom grip has altered her husband's aura, making Andrews the sole logical idealist. Sadly though, his part could have been played by anyone who looked dapper in a suit. Finch is a jerk who roars like a lion just to cry like a kitten. Leaving only Taylor with any genuine layers.
Dana Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Peter Finch and Dana Andrews in ELEPHANT WALK
Dana Andrews in ELEPHANT WALK
Dana Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Dana Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Dana Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Dana Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Dana Andrews in ELEPHANT WALK
Dana Andrews in ELEPHANT WALK
Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Dana Andrews in ELEPHANT WALK
Dana Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Dana Andrews in ELEPHANT WALK
Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Peter Finch in ELEPHANT WALK
The exteriors of ELEPHANT WALK
Dana Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK with Peter Finch
Dana Andrews in ELEPHANT WALK
Elizabeth Taylor in ELEPHANT WALK
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Featured Post

PAUL NEWMAN DEFECTS ALFRED HITCHOCK'S 'TORN CURTAIN'

Paul Newman battling Wolfgang Kieling Year: 1966 Rating: *** Alfred Hitchcock's Cold War Thriller TORN CURTAIN brings back the auteu...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Most Popular Last Year

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

FOR TELEVISION REVIEWS

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "Most of us are more afraid of getting hurt than getting killed." Joe Turkel in Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)THE FEARMAKERS 2)JAWS 3)THE CROWDED SKY 4)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 5)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 6)ASH WEDNESDAY 7)SHARKS' TREASURE 8)CANYON PASSAGE 9)THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 10)HOT CARS 11)CURSE OF THE DEMON 12)HARDCORE 13)VIOLENT SATURDAY 14)ROYAL FLASH 15)DUEL IN THE JUNGLE 16)SWEENEY TWO 17)THE PARTY 18)THE ROARING TWENTIES 19)AIR PATROL 20)THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN 21)THE SERGEANT 22)OTLEY 23)AL CAPONE 24)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 25)FALLEN ANGEL 26)THE DEFECTOR 27)COMPULSION 28)MY BLOOD RUNS COLD 29)EASY LIVING 30)WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS 31)ATLANTIC CITY 32)JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG 33)CANYON RIVER 34)MADISON AVENUE 35)THE SHARKFIGHTERS 36)DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS 37)QUANTRILL'S RAIDERS 38)KILLER FISH 39)THUNDER ISLAND 40)THE DAY THEY ROBBED THE BANK OF ENGLAND

ACTORS 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)MARLON BRANDO 4)JACK NICHOLSON 5)ORSON WELLES 6)PETER O'TOOLE 7)TOM COURTENAY 8)CHARLES BRONSON 9)GENE HACKMAN 10)VICTOR MATURE ACTRESSES 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN CARPENTER 7)MAURY DEXTER 8)JOHN LANDIS 9)MICHAEL WINNER 10)SAM PECKINPAH

RARITIES & EXPLOITATION

Popular This Month

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

TRIP THROUGH THE SIXTIES

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

All Time Popular

TARGETING THE SEVENTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE