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National Velvet
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Directed By
Clarence Brown

Written By:
Helen Deutsch, Enid Bagnold

Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Revere, Angela Lansbury, Arthur Treacher, Reginald Owen, Terry Kilburn, Arthur Shields, Aubrey Mather, Norma Varden, Eugene Loring, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins, Juanita Quigley, Alec Craig, Eugene Loring


 
National Velvet (1944)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
April 23rd, 2007

Revisiting a film after 50 years

During the 13 years of schooling I had from Kindergarten through high school, there was only one day that my class took a field trip. When I went to school, you went to school, from 8:30 until 3:30 and filed trips were not taken. But, for some reason I could not recall at this advanced age, we went to see a movie - National Velvet. I do not recall the movie, so, on the eve of my 57th year, I decided to revisit it.

It is a movie about a time that no longer exists. A time when people trusted others and didn't lock their houses. A time when people were given the benefit of the doubt. It was a time when family was the most important thing. This film shows all of that and more. It shows love and trust and caring and the goodness of people.

It would not be a bad thing for every family to view this film once in a while and discuss its message.

It was a treat to see the young Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney at his best, the Academy Award-winning performance of Anne Revere, Angela Lansbury before Murder, She Wrote, and Donald Crisp, who performed for almost sixty years.

What a movie!

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