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National Velvet

9 October 1945, page 3

'A most exciting and engaging film'

"National Velvet," the Technicolor film of Enid Bagnold's story about the butcher's daughter who won the Grand National, asks for a suspension of disbelief, but, admitting the fairy tale element, it makes a most exciting and engaging film, and the basic improbability is no bar to the enjoyment of the story. There is naturally something fresh, and unusual about the plot and its setting, and if the Brown household and the village they live in seem almost too delightful to be true, there can be no doubt that many of the country and seashore scenes where Velvet trains the Pie horse are: lovely-to look at. »

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