MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 739 this week

National Velvet (1944)

G  |   |  Drama, Family, Sport  |  26 January 1945 (USA)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 4,598 users  
Reviews: 57 user | 17 critic

A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screen play), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 28 Aug 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 10 Jun 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 25 Apr 2013
 
a list of 29 titles
created 03 Feb 2014
 
a list of 33 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "National Velvet" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: National Velvet (1944)

National Velvet (1944) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of National Velvet.

User Polls

Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After her destitute family is forced to sell her, a collie named Lassie escapes from her new owner and begins the long trek from Scotland to her Yorkshire home.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp, Dame May Whitty
Drama | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Bill's separated from his litter, making friends with the wild creatures until he's found and adopted by young Kathie. An accident separates him from her, and he's drafted into K-9 duty in ... See full summary »

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Morgan, Tom Drake
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Velvet's orphaned niece, Sarah, follows her dream of Olympic glory with her horse Arizona Pie.

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Hopkins
The Yearling (1946)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr.
Little Women (1949)
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the civil war, the sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien
Adventure | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard
Stars: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Teenager Homer Macauley stays at home in small-town Ithaca to support his family, while his older brother Marcus prepares to go to war.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan, James Craig
Black Beauty (1946)
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Widower Squire Weldon (Charles Evans). trying to raise his motherless daughter, Anne (Mona Freeman) presents her with a colt, Black Beauty (Highland Dale), in the hope that by disciplining ... See full summary »

Director: Max Nosseck
Stars: Mona Freeman, Richard Denning, Evelyn Ankers
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A teenager loses his horse in Morocco and gets him back after various daredevil adventures.

Director: Robert Dalva
Stars: Kelly Reno, Vincent Spano, Allen Garfield
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Inspired by the novels of Walter Farley. After being shipwrecked on a remote desert island, courageous, young Alec Ramsay and a wild Arabian stallion named the "Black," form an irrevocable ... See full summary »

Stars: Mickey Rooney, Richard Ian Cox, Virginie Demians
Black Beauty (1971)
Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

When farm Evan's mare has a fine son, he promises the black stallion to his son Joe. The youngster enjoy growing up as playmates. Alas, once the good squire is buried, his mean heir, who ... See full summary »

Director: James Hill
Stars: Mark Lester, Walter Slezak, Peter Lee Lawrence
Phar Lap (1983)
Biography | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The true story of a Australian racehorse that becomes a champion with the help of a local stableboy.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Tom Burlinson, Judy Morris, Richard Morgan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins ...
Donald Brown (as Jackie Jenkins)
Juanita Quigley ...
Arthur Treacher ...
...
...
Terry Kilburn ...
Ted
Arthur Shields ...
Aubrey Mather ...
Alec Craig ...
Tim
Eugene Loring ...
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Based on the Novel "National Velvet" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Sport

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fuego de juventud  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

12-year-old Elizabeth Taylor underwent drastic measures to prove that she was right for the role. Velvet brown was supposed to be a girl in her late teens, going through the natural changes into womanhood. Taylor was told by the director that she couldn't be velvet, as she was rather "boyish". This only provoked Elizabeth more; she ate steak everyday, doubled her portion of meals, and rode her horse constantly to train. In three months, Elizabeth grew three inches, and began to gain the natural curves of a woman. For her efforts alone, she won the role. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mrs. Brown: That'll be a dispute to the end of time, Mr. Brown: whether it's better to do the right thing for the wrong reason or the wrong thing for the right reason.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Featured in It's Showtime (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Sumer Is Icumen In
(uncredited)
Traditional English folk song
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
"By Knowing The Pi Can Win And Telling Him So"
16 January 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the enduring classics from MGM came out in the closing years of World War II, it's the film that made young Elizabeth Taylor a star. She had done a few films as a child actress before National Velvet, but when it came out her place in the movies was assured. Ironically enough biologically she'd be growing up fast enough after National Velvet was out and her next struggle as an actress was to get substantial adult roles because casting directors only saw her as innocent little Velvet Brown who loved her jumping horse.

I'm not sure of how this would work because steeplechase horses have to have confirmed bloodlines and the Pi's are a subject not dealt with in National Velvet. All we know is that he's a reckless and untrainable horse in the hands of Reginald Owen and after he breaks free and causes considerable damage, Owen gets rid of him for a nominal price to the local butcher Donald Crisp.

At the same time as these things are happening, Mickey Rooney comes wandering into the lives of the Brown family which consists of Crisp, wife Anne Revere, and daughters Angela Lansbury, Juanita Quigley, and Elizabeth Taylor and their little brother Butch Jenkins. Rooney is a former jockey who's now on the open road and heading for the Brown family where his father was once a horse trainer for Anne Revere's family. It's he who sees the potential of the Pi (short for pirate) as a steeplechase jumper and it's Elizabeth who convinces Crisp not to pass up this chance.

Elizabeth Taylor was so sweet and innocent in National Velvet. The Good Book says you have to have faith like a child and she has it to spare. She infuses Rooney with it, to have faith in the heart and ability of the Pi and to leave a little over for himself.

Anne Revere won a Best Supporting Actress Award for National Velvet. She's a very wise mother who has hidden depths to her that the audience doesn't suspect. It turns out that back in her youth she had a taste of fame and glory swimming the English Channel and her prize money, saved all these years, she gives to her daughter. That scene is probably what won her the Oscar. National Velvet also won one other Academy Award, for Film Editing.

Over 60 years after it made its debut National Velvet as a family classic hasn't lost a thing. Its depiction of life between the World Wars in Great Britain is still a standout. And National Velvet launched a movie legend. Can't do much better than that for high regard.


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Horses Name Paulious78
liz taylor riding double vallentine
One of these things doesn't belong mstatz
the greatest family movie of all time! cathytreks
mi's father lkpo90
soundtrack help? emt8134
Discuss National Velvet (1944) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page