National Velvet (TV series)

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National Velvet
James McCallion and King National Velvet 1960.JPG
James McCallion as the ex-jockey Mi Taylor with the horse King (1960)
Genre Drama
Directed by Rudolph E. Abel
Abner Biberman
Harry Keller
Anton M. Leader
Frank McDonald
Gerald Schnitzer
Victor Stoloff
Starring Lori Martin
Ann Doran
Arthur Space
Carole Wells
Joey Scott
Theme music composer Robert Armbruster
Composer(s) Frank E. Anderson
Alexander Courage
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 58
Executive producer(s) Robert Maxwell
Producer(s) Rudolph E. Abel
Cinematography Lucien Andriot
Stuart Thompson
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) MGM Television
Original network NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 18, 1960 (1960-09-18) – September 17, 1962 (1962-09-17)
Preceded by National Velvet (novel)
National Velvet (film)

National Velvet is an American drama series that originally aired from 1960 to 1962 on NBC. Based on the novel and film of the same name, the series ran for a total of fifty-eight episodes.


National Velvet stars Lori Martin as Velvet Brown, a girl who lives on a dairy farm with her parents, Martha (Ann Doran) and Herbert Brown (Arthur Space), an ex-jockey Mi Taylor, played by Scottish actor James McCallion (1918-1991), her brother, Donald (Joey Scott), and sister, Edwina (Carole Wells). Velvet owned a thoroughbred stallion named King which she hoped would one day run in the Grand National Steeplechase.

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First aired at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sunday preceding The Tab Hunter Show and opposite CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show. National Velvet was switched for its second season to 8 p.m. Monday opposite CBS's sitcom Pete and Gladys, starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams, and the last half of ABC's Cheyenne western series starring Clint Walker.

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