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National Velvet ()


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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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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
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Mi Taylor
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Mr. Brown
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Velvet Brown
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Mrs. Brown
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Edwina Brown
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Donald Brown (as Jackie Jenkins)
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Malvolia Brown
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Race Patron
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Farmer Ede
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Miss Sims
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Ted
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Mr. Hallam
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Entry Official
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Tim
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I. Taski
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Mr. Greenford
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Entry Official
Gerald Oliver Smith ...
Photographer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Allen ...
Van Driver (uncredited)
Paula Allen ...
Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Rene Austin ...
Schoolgirl (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
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Bookie (uncredited)
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Villager (uncredited)
Frank Benson ...
Englishman (uncredited)
Barry Bernard ...
Pressman (uncredited)
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Constable (uncredited)
Felicity Bilbrook ...
Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Beverly Billman ...
Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Arthur Blake ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Stephen Bowson ...
Schoolboy (uncredited)
Colin Campbell ...
Cockney (uncredited)
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Pressman (uncredited)
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Jockey (uncredited)
King Charles ...
The Pie - a Horse (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ...
Clerk of Scales (uncredited)
Murray Coombs ...
Schoolboy (uncredited)
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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)
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Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Arthur Gould-Porter ...
Attendant (uncredited)
Alec Harford ...
Valet (uncredited)
Joy Harington ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Schoolboy (uncredited)
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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)
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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)
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Stewart (uncredited)

Directed by

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Clarence Brown

Written by

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Enid Bagnold ... (novel "National Velvet")
 
Theodore Reeves ... (screen play) and
Helen Deutsch ... (screen play)
 
Howard Dimsdale ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Pandro S. Berman ... producer
Clarence Brown ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Herbert Stothart ... (music score)

Cinematography by

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Leonard Smith ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Kern ... film editor (as Robert J. Kern)

Art Direction by

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Cedric Gibbons
Urie McCleary ... (as Urie Mc Cleary)

Set Decoration by

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Edwin B. Willis ... (set decorations)

Makeup Department

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Jack Dawn ... makeup creator
Irma Kusely ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Joseph Boyle ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Mildred Griffiths ... associate set decorator
William H. Cunningham ... greensman (uncredited)
Clarence J. Falk ... greens supervisor (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff ... painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Douglas Shearer ... recording director
Bill Edmondson ... boom operator (uncredited)
Robert Shirley ... effects mixer (uncredited) / re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Newell Sparks ... effects mixer (uncredited) / re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Steinore ... effects mixer (uncredited) / re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Charles E. Wallace ... sound (uncredited) / unit mixer (uncredited)

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Warren Newcombe ... special effects
Mark Davis ... special effects camera (uncredited)
A. Arnold Gillespie ... transparency projection shots (uncredited)

Stunts

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Rex 'Snowy' Baker ... stunts (uncredited)
Johnny Carpenter ... horse-riding stunts (uncredited)
Alice Van Springsteen ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Clarence Sinclair Bull ... still photographer (uncredited)
Bob Gough ... second camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kay Dean ... associate costume supervisor
Irene ... costume supervisor
Valles ... wardrobe: men

Music Department

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Earl Cates ... music mixer (uncredited)
Murray Cutter ... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin ... music mixer (uncredited)
William Saracino ... music mixer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Henri Jaffa ... associate technicolor color director
Natalie Kalmus ... technicolor color director
Egon Heep ... horse trainer: Elizabeth Taylor's (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

Plot Keywords
Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Le grand National (France)
  • Kleines Mädchen, großes Herz (Germany)
  • Fuego de juventud (Spain)
  • A Nobreza Corre nas Veias (Portugal)
  • A Mocidade é Assim Mesmo (Brazil)
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  • 123 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia After production was completed, arrangements were made to allow Elizabeth Taylor to keep the horse. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited into The Story of Seabiscuit (1949). See more »
Soundtracks Greensleeves 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 »
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.
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