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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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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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One of the few films to be shown on commercial network television after being shown on local stations, rather than the other way around. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in the late-1920s, and the Browns pay the entry fee with "100 gold sovereigns" which ceased to be used as money in England in 1918. However, this is consistent with a detail from the novel, in which Mrs Brown insists the entry fee be paid with the sovereigns she won swimming the English Channel, which occurred prior to 1918. See more »

Quotes

[Mi is trying to tell Velvet the "tricks" for the Grand National]
Velvet Brown: Don't, Mi! No matter what you say or do everyone else out there will know more than me. It's no use, Mi.
Mi Taylor: Do think a race like this is won by luck?
Velvet Brown: No, by knowing the Pi can win and telling him so!
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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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