National Velvet Reviews
A girl and a boy grow up together, the boy in love with the girl and the girl in love with horses. When the horse she loves the most is threatened to be lost, she asks her parents to allow her to enter the horse in a national race. The boy reluctantly agrees to train the horse and they may find hope for the horse and love in the process.
"Would you expect them to be both forgiving and generous?"
Clarence Brown, director of The Yearling, Anna Karenina, Intruder in the Dust, When in Rome, Plymouth Adventure, To Please a Lady, and The Rains Came, delivers National Velvet. The storyline for this picture is straightforward but not overly creative. The characters are fun and the acting is solid. The cast includes Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, Angela Lansbury, Anne Revere, and Reginald Owen.
"All jockeys are the same size."
I recently came across this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and decided to DVR it since it starred a young Elizabeth Taylor. This was fun to watch unfold, but nothing special overall. I wouldn't go too out of my way to see this unless you are a diehard fan of the classics.
"Greatness is only the seizing of opportunity."