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National Velvet (1944)

 -  Drama | Family | Sport  -  26 January 1945 (USA)
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A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.

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Storyline

Mi Taylor was a young wanderer and opportunist whose father had given him "all the roads in the Kingdom" to travel. One of the roads, and a notation in his father's journal, leads him to the quiet English country-side home of the Brown family. The youngest daughter, Velvet, has a passion for horses and when she wins the spirited steed Pie in a town lottery, Mi is encouraged to train the horse for the Grand National - England's greatest racing event. Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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horse | england | jockey | raffle | butcher | See more »

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Simple Story Of A Boy . . . A Girl . . . And A Horse! Set to the thunder of the Grand National Steeplechase!

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Drama | Family | Sport

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26 January 1945 (USA)  »

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National Velvet  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The story that Mi tells to Donald about a shipwrecked horse is based on a true story about a New Zealand-bred thoroughbred named "Moiffa" who did in fact survive his ordeal and went on to win the Grand National the following year. In 1979 Mickey Rooney starred in The Black Stallion (1979), which is about a shipwrecked horse that goes on to win a major race. See more »

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Mr. Brown, a butcher who should know better, authoritatively announces that one small-to-medium-sized lobster will provide a family dinner for six: A claw apiece for he and his wife, the entire tail (the meatiest part of the crustacean) for his picky young son who's a finicky eater and what's "in-between" (basically all of it's inedible entrails) for his three teenage daughters - with some left over for the dog! In reality, a lobster of that size would hardly feed one hungry person. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Hallam: So you're to win the gelding, are you Velvet?
Velvet: Oh, of course I'm to win.
Mr. Hallam: There are ways of arranging it, aren't there? And your father's a clever man...
Velvet: Oh, I didn't bother him, Mr. Hallam. I just arranged it with God.
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A frame, with music, was added to the film at the end: "To families of servicemen and women: Pictures exhibited in this theater are given to the armed forces for showing in combat areas around the world. [signed] War Activities Committee/Motion Picture Industry" See more »

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60th Anniversary
7 January 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

After 60 years, this film has both an enduring and endearing quality. A wholesome film for every member of the family, a great introduction to equestrian arts and sciences, to say nothing of a showcase for the incomparable Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor.

Enid Bagnold wrote a great story. The only thing is -- what happened to Meredith? According to the printed page, Velvet had one brother, Donald, of course, and THREE sisters, Malvolia, Meredith, and of course, Edwina. The film depicts three Brown girls, Velvet, Malvolia, and Edwina. (Don't even go to that television program -- there was just Edwina and Velvet).

Well, you can't have everything, I guess.

Happy 60th Anniversary, National Velvet.


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