National Velvet Overview:

National Velvet (1944) was a Drama - Family Film directed by Clarence Brown and produced by Clarence Brown and Pandro S. Berman.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Enid Bagnold published in 1935.

National Velvet was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2003.

Academy Awards 1945 --- Ceremony Number 18 (source: AMPAS)

Best Supporting ActressAnne RevereWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Urie McCleary; Interior Decoration: Edwin B. Willis, Mildred GriffNominated
Best CinematographyLeonard SmithNominated
Best DirectorClarence BrownNominated
Best Film EditingRobert J. KernWon

BlogHub Articles:

This World Needs Its Dreamers: Clarence Brown?s National Velvet (Exclusive Guest Post by Author Gwenda Young)

By Guest Post on Dec 4, 2018 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

?This World Needs Its Dreamers” Clarence Brown?s National Velvet (1944) Exclusive Guest Post by Author Gwenda Young In a reappraisal of National Velvet written in the 1960s, Pauline Kael observed that ?it touches areas in our experience that movies rarely touch ? the passions and obsessions ... Read full article

National Velvet (1944)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 24, 2018 From 4 Star Films

“Everyone should have a chance at a breathtaking piece of folly, once in his life.” ~ Anne Revere as Mrs. Brown There’s been many a boxing and a ball sport movie and so it seems?only fair?that there be room for at least one more Technicolor horse drama, especially one with?the brea... Read full article

National Velvet

By Amanda Garrett on Aug 30, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing National Velvet (1945). The classic family film stars Elizabeth Taylor as a young girl who rides her beloved horse in the Grand National race. This article is part of The 2017 Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Journeys in Classic Film. Aug. 31 is Taylor's SUTS Day. ... Read full article

ClassicFlix (Teen Scene): National Velvet (1944)

By Virginie Pronovost on Jun 28, 2017 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

From March 2015 to April 2017, I was writing the monthly Teen Scene column for the website ClassicFlix. My objective was to promote classic films among teenagers and young adults. Due to the establishing of a new version of the website, it?s now more difficult to access to the old version and read t... Read full article

National Velvet (1944)

By Beatrice on Nov 18, 2014 From Flickers in Time

National Velvet Directed by Clarence Brown Written by Theodore Reeves and Helen Deutsch from a novel by Enid Bagnold 1944/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing/Netflix rental A quite enjoyable family entertainment about a girl who loves horses and a boy who helps make her dreams come true. ?Ev... Read full article

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Quotes from

Mi Taylor: Some day you'll learn that greatness is only the seizing of opportunity - clutching with your bare hands 'til the knuckles show white.

Donald Brown: I was sick all night!
Mr. Herbert Brown: Donald, you told a story, didn't you?
Donald Brown: Yes, sir, it was a story.
Mr. Herbert Brown: Well, you know what to do.
Donald Brown: What?
Mr. Herbert Brown: You say you're sorry.
[Donald puts his head on his hand]
Mr. Herbert Brown: Well?
Mrs. Brown: He's thinking.
Mr. Herbert Brown: [to Donald] Well, make up your mind.
Donald Brown: Alright, I'm sorry.
[continues eating his dinner]
Mr. Herbert Brown: Well, go on. Sorry for what?
Donald Brown: For being sick all night!
Mr. Herbert Brown: That boy will make a lawyer.

Donald Brown: I want my insect bottle!
Edwina Brown: Shut up and stop being disgusting.

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Facts about

Eighteen-year-old Gene Tierney had been set to portray Velvet Brown. When the film was delayed, Tierney signed a contract with Twentieth Century-Fox.
"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 23, 1950 with Mickey Rooney reprising his film role.
Premiered at the famed Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
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Released 1944
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