National Velvet

National Velvet

DVD - 1944
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Velvet Brown, an English schoolgirl falls in love with an unruly Thoroughbred horse known for his spectacular escapes from a high-walled pasture. When the owner raffles off his horse, Velvet holds the winning ticket. And with help from her friend, Mi Taylor, she enters the horse in the Grand National Steeplechase.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, c1944.
ISBN: 9780790744162
0790744163
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (124 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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kpelish
Apr 05, 2017

Haven't watched since childhood. Velvet's supportive family and her own dreams propel her into an amazing race with her underdog horse. This was Liz Taylor's break-out role and I can see why; the entire screen lights up. Mickey Rooney also performs well as a jaded wanderer who slowly comes to trust again. Especially recommended for kids/the family: each parent is great in their own way, with her mom's champion swimming experience playing a crucial role, and her father understanding that his daughter's wishes trumps his desire for money.

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Derringer
Jul 17, 2015

Starring an exuberant, fresh-faced Elizabeth Taylor (only 12 years old at the time), National Velvet (which is now 70 years old) is certainly one of the less dated family pictures from that particular era of Hollywood movie-making.

In a small, English, coastal town (in the 1920s) it's summer holidays for the Brown children. And when a beautiful, chestnut-coloured horse (who Velvet christens "The Pie") enters into the story, the scenario immediately transforms into a "dream-come-true" when Mi Taylor convinces the wide-eyed Velvet to enter this magnificent steed into the Grand National race being held at Aintree.

This first-rate production was expertly directed by Clarence Brown.

Here's a film where the rapport and chemistry between the actors was right on the mark. Here's a story where all of the characters were all quite likeable and the viewer finds themselves cheering Velvet on to victory, as if it were the most natural reaction of all.

So, whether you happen to be an enthusiastic horse-hugger, or not, National Velvet is a vintage, Hollywood gem that you're bound to enjoy, time and again.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 11, 2015

Yes. Indeed! - Regardless of National Velvet now being seventy 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.

d2013 Mar 15, 2015

Nice to see Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney early on in their careers. Great fun to go back and watch these two wonderful actors.

nonieh Mar 14, 2014

This a wonderful movie. A must see!

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Emily_J_Black
Jul 30, 2012

I own this movie, and it is great!

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Alyssa1719
Dec 16, 2009

If you love horses you will love this movie. Velvet has the dream of riding her horse Pie in the most dangerous race ever. But the problem is that they don't have a rider.

As new problems come along down the rode Velvet wonders if she should have stared all this in the first place.

Enjoy this wonderful adventure.

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