National Velvet is a family drama that was released in 1944 and features actress Elizabeth Taylor in her first starring role. Directed by Clarence Brown, the film tells the story of a twelve-year-old girl named Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor). Velvet saves a spirited gelding named "The Pie" from the knacker's yard and trains it for the Grand National steeplechase, assisted by her father's (Donald Crisp) hired hand, a drifter named Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney). Mi hates horses, because while he was a jockey in Manchester, he caused a collision which resulted in the death of another jockey. The night before the big race, Velvet senses that the jockey hired to ride The Pie does not believe he can win. Velvet refuses to give up, and in the end she decides to masquerade as the jockey and attempts to ride The Pie to victory herself. National Velvet is based on the book of the same name written by Enid Bagnold.