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National Velvet Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Although National Velvet was the first starring role for 11-year-old Elizabeth Taylor, the early part of the film belongs to Mickey Rooney in the showier role of Mike Taylor, a headstrong English ex-jockey. Soured on life by a serious accident, Mike plans to steal from the country family that has taken him in, but his resolve is weakened by the kindness of young Velvet (Taylor). The two find a common bond in their love of horses. Velvet wins an "unbreakable" horse in a raffle, and enters the animal in the Grand National Sweepstakes. Though Mike is unable to ride the horse, he aids Velvet in her plan to disguise herself as a jockey; she wins the race...but the story isn't over quite yet. Co-starring as Velvet's mother is Anne Revere, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance. National Velvet is based on the novel by Enid Bagnold. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 14, 1944

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mildred Griffiths Best Color Art Direction 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Urie McCleary Best Color Art Direction 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anne Revere Best Supporting Actress 1945 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Clarence Brown Best Director 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Color Art Direction 1945 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edwin B. Willis Best Color Art Direction 1945 Nominee

Cast

Elizabeth Taylor
as Velvet Brown
Mickey Rooney
as Mike Taylor
Donald Crisp
as Mr. Brown
Anne Revere
as Mrs. Brown
Angela Lansbury
as Edwina Brown
Reginald Owen
as Farmer Ede
Arthur Treacher
as Man with Umbrella
Juanita Quigley
as Malvolia Brown
Norma Varden
as Miss Sims
Terry Kilburn
as Ted
Billy Bevan
as Constable
Eric Wilton
as English Bookie
Leyland Hodgson
Aubrey Mather
as Entry Official
Rhoda Williams
Frederic Worlock
as Stewart
Arthur Shields
as Mr. Hallam
Alec Craig
as Tim
Matthew Boulton
as Entry Clerk
Leonard Carey
as Pressman
William Austin
as Reporter
Gordon Richards
as Doctor
Dennis Hoey
as Mr. Greenford the Farmer
Olaf Hytten
Harry Allen
as Van Driver
Donald Curtis
as American
Alec Harford
as Valet
Eugene Loring
as Mr. Taski
Barry Macollum
as Townsman
Colin Campbell
as Cockney
Moyna MacGill
as Woman
Wally Cassell
as Jockey
Frank Benson
as Englishman

Crew

Clarence Brown
Director
Pandro S. Berman
Producer
Theodore Reeves
Screenwriter
Enid Bagnold
Play Author
Leonard Smith
Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart
Composer (Music Score)
Mildred Griffiths
Production Designer
Edwin B. Willis
Production Designer
Urie McCleary
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Mildred Griffiths
Set Designer
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Irene
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
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