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National Velvet (1944)

Passed | | 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.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Enid Bagnold (novel), Theodore Reeves (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) 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 countryside home of the Brown family. The youngest daughter, Velvet (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), 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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Based on the Novel "National Velvet" See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Sport

Certificate:

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Trivia

The title card reads: "England in the late nineteen twenties - a long time ago in a spinning world." See more »

Goofs

In this story that is set in the 1920s, the female fashions and hairdos are clearly from the 1940s. See more »

Quotes

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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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 »


Soundtracks

Greensleeves
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Traditional English folk song
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Meet Beauty and "The Pie"
11 July 2015 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

Yes. Indeed! - Regardless of National Velvet now being 70 years old, this entertaining, heart-warming tale about trust, personal victory and following one's dream is, without a doubt, an endearing, MGM classic that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

With an excellent cast, headlined by Elizabeth Taylor (12 at the time), Mickey Rooney, and Anne Revere, National Velvet's story is a rather charming "horse tale" that jauntily crosses the finish line as a bona-fide winner.

This lush, Technicolor treat (which was adapted from Enid Bagnold's novel of the same name) was set in the 1920s (in England) in the rural, coastal county of Sussex.

A real stand-out performance in this first-rate picture was that of Anne Revere (who played Velvet's mother, Araminty Brown). Revere won an Oscar for her "Best Supporting Actress" role.

I certainly recommend National Velvet highly to anyone who truly enjoys a big, wholesome slice of vintage, Hollywood movie-making.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 January 1945 (USA) See more »

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Color:

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