G | | Drama, Family, Sport
A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.
The horse in the movie was the grandson of the famous racehorse, Man o' War. His registered name was King Charles and he was a terror to work with, as he was regularly biting crew members. He did throw Elizabeth Taylor off; injuring her and ending up giving her a lifelong back injury.
Mr. Herbert Brown:
Who's this Pi? A new one?
Velvet Brown: Oh, Father, you should see him, he's beautiful. He never puts a foot wrong.
Mr. Herbert Brown: Who?
Velvet Brown: Mr. Ede's new horse. I'm in love with him.
Mr. Herbert Brown: You're a fickle woman. I've heard you say that about other horses.
The story takes place in the late-1920s, and the Browns pay the entry fee with "100 gold sovereigns" which ceased to be used as money in England in 1918. However, this is consistent with a detail from the novel, in which Mrs Brown insists the entry fee be paid with the sovereigns she won swimming the English Channel, which occurred prior to 1918.
A frame, with music, was added to the film at the end: "To families of servicemen and women: Pictures exhibited in this theater are given to the armed forces for showing in combat areas around the world. [signed] War Activities Committee/Motion Picture Industry"