National Velvet

National Velvet

Clarence Brown (1944)

11min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this adaptation of Enid Bagnold's novel, 12-year-old Elizabeth Taylor gives a star-making performance as the girl who dreams of racing her horse in the Grand National. The Yearling director Clarence Brown knows how to tug at the heartstrings and this film has become a classic, even though the story has to be taken with a large pinch of salt. Thanks to a strong performance from Mickey Rooney, an Oscar-winning one from Anne Revere as Velvet's mother, and the appeal of Taylor as Velvet, this is a richly satisfying movie. A misguided British sequel followed in 1978 starring Tatum O'Neal.

Cast & Crew

Mi Taylor Mickey Rooney
Mr Herbert Brown Donald Crisp
Velvet Brown Elizabeth Taylor
Mrs Brown Anne Revere
Edwina Brown Angela Lansbury
Donald Brown Jackie "Butch" Jenkins
Malvolia Brown Juanita Quigley
Race patron Arthur Treacher
Farmer Ede Reginald Owen
Miss Simms Norma Varden
Ted Terry Kilburn
Tim Alec Craig
Director Clarence Brown
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAvailable on: video and DVD