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National Velvet

  • 1944
  • Clarence Brown
  • 11 mins
  • U
    More info: UK: Suitable for all
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Review

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.

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Theatrical distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Mi TaylorMickey Rooney
Mr Herbert BrownDonald Crisp
Velvet BrownElizabeth Taylor
Mrs BrownAnne Revere
Edwina BrownAngela Lansbury
Donald BrownJackie "Butch" Jenkins
Malvolia BrownJuanita Quigley
Race patronArthur Treacher
Farmer EdeReginald Owen
Miss SimmsNorma Varden
TedTerry Kilburn
TimAlec Craig

Crew

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DirectorClarence Brown
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