Nat Velvet (1944)
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|Velvet brown is a young girl who wins an unruly horse in a lottery and dreams of training it and one day entering it in england's greatest racing event. A young man helps velvet train her horse, pie, for the big race. But, when the jockey bows out at the last minute, it's up to velvet to ride to victory herself|
Editor's NoteNATIONAL VELVET is the poignant family story that made a young Elizabeth Taylor a star. Taylor excels as Velvet Brown, a 1920s working-class girl whose dreams of owning her own horse become a reality when she wins Pie, a wild and unruly horse, in a raffle. With the help of Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney), a skittish, gun-shy ex-jockey, Velvet trains Pie to be a race champion despite the wishes of her loving but cautious parents (Donald Crisp and Ann Revere). Velvet's determination pays off, and the Brown family (including Angela Lansbury as Edwina, Velvet's sophisticated older sister) pools its money and enters the family pride and joy in the prestigious Grand National race, only to have its hopes dashed when the rider renegs--leading Velvet to do something extraordinary. This uplifting adaptation of Enid Bagnold's novel features stunning photography of coastal England and acclaimed crosscut editing that heightens the tension in the famous race scene. Young costars Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney are fabulous together, full of youthful charm and exuberance, ably supported by a first-rate ensemble cast.
Cast & Crew
|Enid Bagnold - Based On Novel By|
|Leonard Smith - Cinematographer|
|Clarence Brown - Director|
|Herbert Stothart - Musical Score|
|Pandro S. Berman - Producer|
|Theodore Reeves - Screenplay|
|Helen Deutsch - Screenplay|
Plot SummaryWhen Velvet, a headstrong teenage girl, wins an unruly horse in a contest, she decides--against the wishes of her parents--to train the animal and enter it in England's most prestigious horse race: the Grand National Sweepstakes. But her friend, a jockey who gave up the sport, knows how dangerous the race can be with such an unpredictable animal.
|Anne Revere, Winner, Best Supporting Actress|
|Robert Kern, Winner, Best Film Editing|
|Cedric Gibbons, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction--Interior Decoration, Color|
|Leonard Smith, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Color|
|Clarence Brown, Nominee, Best Director|