This classic family film made a star of 12-year-old Elizabeth
Taylor in the title role as spunky Velvet Brown, a girl who's
determined to enter her horse, Pie, in the Grand National Steeplechase.
Critic Pauline Kael called it "One of the most likeable movies
of all time." Mickey Rooney costars as a young man who helps
Velvet train Pie for the big race. At the last minute, Velvet
herself has to ride Pie in the tournament and cuts her hair to
pass for a jockey. Anne Revere won an Oscar as Velvet's mother,
as did editor Robert J. Kern, who cut together a terrifically
exciting horse race. Donald Crisp and Angela Lansbury are also
featured as members of the Brown family. -- Jim Emerson
A horse-mad young girl named Velvet Brown enters her horse, The
Pie, in the Grand National. Based on a novel by Enid Bagnold
Velvet: buy the VHS and the
Starring: Angela Lansbury, et al.
Director: Clarence Brown