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Release Date:
26 January 1945 (USA) See more »
Simple Story Of A Boy . . . A Girl . . . And A Horse! Set to the thunder of the Grand National Steeplechase! See more »
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A marvelous family film See more (66 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mickey Rooney ... Mi Taylor

Donald Crisp ... Mr. Brown

Elizabeth Taylor ... Velvet Brown

Anne Revere ... Mrs. Brown

Angela Lansbury ... Edwina Brown

Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins ... Donald Brown (as Jackie Jenkins)

Juanita Quigley ... Malvolia Brown

Arthur Treacher ... Race Patron

Reginald Owen ... Farmer Ede

Norma Varden ... Miss Sims

Terry Kilburn ... Ted

Arthur Shields ... Mr. Hallam

Aubrey Mather ... Entry Official
Alec Craig ... Tim
Eugene Loring ... I. Taski

Dennis Hoey ... Mr. Greenford
Matthew Boulton ... Entry Official
Gerald Oliver Smith ... Photographer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Allen ... Van Driver (uncredited)
Paula Allen ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Rene Austin ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
William Austin ... Reporter (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Bookie (uncredited)

Frank Baker ... Villager (uncredited)
Frank Benson ... Englishman (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ... Pressman (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Constable (uncredited)
Felicity Bilbrook ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Beverly Billman ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Arthur Blake ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Stephen Bowson ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Colin Campbell ... Cockney (uncredited)

Leonard Carey ... Pressman (uncredited)
Wally Cassell ... Jockey (uncredited)
King Charles ... The Pie - a Horse (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Clerk of Scales (uncredited)
Murray Coombs ... Schoolboy (uncredited)

Donald Curtis ... American (uncredited)
Harold de Becker Jr. ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Ada Ellis ... Villager (uncredited)
Ray Erlenborn ... Jockey (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Villager (uncredited)
Douglas Francis ... Track Official (uncredited)

Mona Freeman ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Attendant (uncredited)
Alec Harford ... Valet (uncredited)
Joy Harington ... Nurse (uncredited)

Richard Haydel ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Pressman (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Photographer (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Villager (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Starter (uncredited)
Jane Isbell ... Schoolgirl Jane (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Villager (uncredited)
Iris Kirksey ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Rose Langdon ... Bookie (uncredited)
Jack Lee ... Assistant Checker (uncredited)

Moyna MacGill ... Woman (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Committee Man (uncredited)
Barry Macollum ... Townsman (uncredited)
Stanley Mann ... Villager (uncredited)
Virginia McDowall ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Gail Peyton ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... Doctor (uncredited)
John Rogers ... Bookie (uncredited)
Bertha Stinchfield ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Doris Stone ... Villager (uncredited)
Howard Taylor ... Schoolboy (uncredited)
Lotus Thompson ... Villager (uncredited)
Rhoda Williams ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... English Bookie (uncredited)
Frederick Worlock ... Stewart (uncredited)

Directed by
Clarence Brown 
Writing credits
Enid Bagnold (novel "National Velvet")

Theodore Reeves (screen play) and
Helen Deutsch (screen play)

Howard Dimsdale  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Clarence Brown .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart (music score)
Cinematography by
Leonard Smith (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Kern (film editor) (as Robert J. Kern)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Urie McCleary  (as Urie Mc Cleary)
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup creator
Irma Kusely .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Boyle .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Mildred Griffiths .... associate set decorator
William H. Cunningham .... greensman (uncredited)
Clarence J. Falk .... greens supervisor (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Bill Edmondson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... effects mixer (uncredited)
Robert Shirley .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... effects mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... effects mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Charles E. Wallace .... sound (uncredited)
Charles E. Wallace .... unit mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Mark Davis .... special effects camera (uncredited)
A. Arnold Gillespie .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Rex 'Snowy' Baker .... stunts (uncredited)
Johnny Carpenter .... horse-riding stunts (uncredited)
Alice Van Springsteen .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bob Gough .... second camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kay Dean .... associate costume supervisor
Irene .... costume supervisor
Valles .... wardrobe: men
Music Department
Earl Cates .... music mixer (uncredited)
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music mixer (uncredited)
William Saracino .... music mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Egon Heep .... horse trainer: Elizabeth Taylor's (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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123 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G | Finland:S | Germany:6 | Germany:0 (DVD rating) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #10321)

Did You Know?

Elizabeth Taylor fell from the horse and broke her back during the filming of the racing scene. Although she recovered quickly, she suffered greatly later in life.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as 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 »
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pyrates (1991)See more »
Hielan LaddieSee more »


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19 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A marvelous family film, 2 November 2002
Author: Joseph Jones

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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