Lincoln Theater presents Stories to Screen Series: National Velvet (1944)
In Stories to Screen, the Lincoln Theater
will be screening a classic family film, for free, on select Saturdays. A limited number of copies of the book on
which the film is based can be picked up at the theater (It’s yours to
keep!) to read before the screening. Prior to the movie, at 9:30 AM, we will have a brief discussion about the book and film. The movie will start at 10 AM. Reading the book is not required in order to attend and enjoy the
Although National Velvet was the first starring role for 11-year-old Elizabeth Taylor, the early part of the film belongs to Mickey Rooney in
the showier role of Mike Taylor, a headstrong English ex-jockey.
on life by a serious accident, Mike plans to steal from the country
family that has taken him in, but his resolve is weakened by the
kindness of young Velvet (Taylor). The two find a common bond in their
love of horses. Velvet wins an "unbreakable" horse in a raffle, and
enters the animal in the Grand National Sweepstakes. Though Mike is
unable to ride the horse, he aids Velvet in her plan to disguise herself
as a jockey; she wins the race...but the story isn't over quite yet.
Co-starring as Velvet's mother is Anne Revere, who won a Best Supporting
Actress Oscar for her performance. National Velvet is based on the
novel by Enid Bagnold.
Running time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
Sat, Apr 22 @ 10 am