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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Fuego de juventud  »

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

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The music during the "lobster for dinner" scene between Mr. & Mrs. Brown is actually a very close paraphrase of "Ballet Of The Unhatched Chicks" from Moussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition" as orchestrated by Ravel. Moreover, film composer Herbert Stothart had actually used this exact music chart in 1940 for a sequence in "Pride & Prejudice." See more »

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

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Mr. Herbert Brown: Donald, go back to bed.
Donald Brown: I'll only fall asleep.
Mr. Herbert Brown: That is the general purport and intention.
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Revisiting a film after 50 years
23 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

During the 13 years of schooling I had from Kindergarten through high school, there was only one day that my class took a field trip. When I went to school, you went to school, from 8:30 until 3:30 and filed trips were not taken. But, for some reason I could not recall at this advanced age, we went to see a movie - National Velvet. I do not recall the movie, so, on the eve of my 57th year, I decided to revisit it.

It is a movie about a time that no longer exists. A time when people trusted others and didn't lock their houses. A time when people were given the benefit of the doubt. It was a time when family was the most important thing. This film shows all of that and more. It shows love and trust and caring and the goodness of people.

It would not be a bad thing for every family to view this film once in a while and discuss its message.

It was a treat to see the young Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney at his best, the Academy Award-winning performance of Anne Revere, Angela Lansbury before Murder, She Wrote, and Donald Crisp, who performed for almost sixty years.

What a movie!


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