National Velvet
First screened in August 2003 / Most recently screened in January 2010
Director: Clarence Brown. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Anne Revere, Donald Crisp, Angela Lansbury, Jackie Jenkins, Juanita Quigley, Reginald Owen, Arthur Shields, Arthur Treacher, Aubrey Mather, Norma Varden, Terry Kilburn, Eugene Loring. Screenplay: Theodore Reeves and Helen Deutsch (based on the novel by Enid Bagnold).

Twitter Capsule: Rooney will never be my favorite but this is colorfully shot and well-acted. Plays to the whole family, Babe-like.

VOR:   Prepossessing color and technique, and richly audience-pleasing. A high-point in that archive of 1940s family pictures that featured adult nuance while speaking eloquently to kids.

Photo © 1944 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

(Grade in August 2003: C+)

Academy Award Nominations and Winners (1945):
Best Director: Clarence Brown
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Revere
Best Cinematography (Color): Leonard Smith
Best Art Direction (Color): Cedric Gibbons & Urie McCleary; Edwin B. Willis & Mildred Griffiths
Best Film Editing: Robert Kern

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