National Velvet (1944)

G  |   |  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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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 <>

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Based on the Novel "National Velvet" See more »


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Release Date:

26 January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuego de juventud  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (5.0) (L-R)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 23, 1950 with Mickey Rooney reprising his film role. See more »


The horses are shown turning right during the race. All turns on the Grand National course are made to the left. See more »


Donald Brown: I want my insect bottle!
Edwina Brown: Shut up and stop being disgusting.
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Referenced in Elizabeth Taylor: A Tribute (2011) See more »


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A marvelous family film
2 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

A sentimental, heart-tugging family film set in England of the 1920s. A young Elizabeth Taylor wins a horse in a raffle and decides to enter him in the Grand National; fortunately, ex-jockey Mickey Rooney is around to give Liz some help. Director Clarence Brown displays some remarkable control with material that could've been excessively maudlin in someone else's hands. He and screenwriters Helen Deutsch and Theodore Reeves take great care in establishing genuine characterizations and developing the story naturally. True, there are one or two scenes that seem a bit forced, but overall it's quite affecting, and gorgeously filmed in Technicolor. The race itself is quite thrilling, and like so many great classics, there's a marvelous, three-hankie fade-out at the end. Liz proves that she was a real trooper right from the start, and Rooney--who I usually find rather annoying--is surprisingly subdued and really very good. Donald Crisp is terrif as Liz's gruff father and Angela Lansbury is a delight as her older, boy-crazy sister. Most of the acting kudos, however, belong to Anne Revere, who won a richly deserved Supporting Actress Oscar playing Liz's wise and caring mother.

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