The New Pictures, Dec. 25, 1944

National Velvet (M.G.M.), from the novel by Enid Bagnold, combines some of the most attractive elements of The Song of Bernadette and of Lassie Come Home. It is almost a children's classic.

Throughout her childhood, horses so deeply excited Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor) that merely to look at them was ecstasy. She lost her heart to one at twelve, when she first saw a neighbor's fierce new gelding running majestically through a meadow. Without quite realizing it, she also lost her heart to her companion that memorable day, a hard little tramp of 17...

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