National Velvet – Egmont
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Sign In. Released December 14, G, 2 hr 5 min Drama.
Tell us where you are Looking for movie tickets? Read Full Synopsis. Clarence Brown Director. Elizabeth Taylor Velvet Brown.
Mickey Rooney Mike Taylor. Donald Crisp Mr. Anne Revere Mrs. Angela Lansbury Edwina Brown. Juanita Brown. Butch Jenkins Donald Brown. Arthur Treacher Man with Umbrella. Reginald Owen Farmer Ede. Juanita Quigley Malvolia Brown. Norma Varden Miss Sims. Velvet's best friend is her father's assistant, Mi Michael Taylor, whose father — as Mrs. Brown's swimming coach — helped her cross the channel.
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Mi formerly worked in stables and is familiar with the horse racing world. One day they both watch The Piebald jump over a five-foot-high cobbled fence to escape a field.
Mi remarks that "a horse like that'd win the National". In addition to inheriting several horses from one of her father's customers, Velvet also wins The Pie, her dream horse. After riding him in a local gymkhana , she and Mi seriously consider entering the Grand National steeplechase at Aintree racecourse and train the Piebald accordingly. Velvet wins the race, but is disqualified for dismounting too soon after she slides off the saddle due to exhaustion, and her gender is discovered in the first-aid station.
The racing world is both dismayed and fascinated by a young girl's winning its toughest race. Velvet and The Piebald become instant celebrities, with Velvet and her family nearly drowning in notoriety echoing her mother's unsought fame after swimming the English Channel , complete with merchandising. Velvet strongly objects to the publicity, saying The Piebald is a creature of glory who should not be cheapened in tabloid trash and newsreels.
She insists that she did not win the race, the horse did, and she simply wanted to see him go down in history. The National Hunt Committee finds no evidence of fraud, exonerates all involved, and Velvet and her family return to their ordinary lives; or rather, Velvet goes on "to her next adventures", for clearly she is a person to whom great things happen. The novel was made into a more or less faithful, highly successful film version in , starring twelve-year-old Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney , with Donald Crisp , Anne Revere and a young Angela Lansbury.
In the film was voted the ninth best American film in the sports genre. In this version her horse was named King.
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This aired on NBC for 52 episodes. Sarah and Velvet purchase the descendant of The Pie after Sarah earns the money by working for Velvet's boyfriend John. They name him Arizona Pie after Sarah's home state. Working with Arizona Pie, Sarah is selected to represent Britain in the equine three-day Olympic event. Though distracted by him, she wins the event.