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)
GenreDrama
Directed byRudolph E. Abel
Abner Biberman
Harry Keller
Anton M. Leader
Frank McDonald
Gerald Schnitzer
Victor Stoloff
StarringLori Martin
Ann Doran
Arthur Space
Carole Wells
Joey Scott
Theme music composerRobert Armbruster
Composer(s)Frank E. Anderson
Alexander Courage
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes58
Production
Executive producer(s)Robert Maxwell
Producer(s)Rudolph E. Abel
CinematographyLucien Andriot
Stuart Thompson
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 18, 1960 (1960-09-18) –
September 17, 1962 (1962-09-17)
Chronology
Preceded byNational Velvet (novel)
National Velvet (film)

National Velvet is an American drama series that originally aired from 1960 to 1962 on NBC. Based on the 1935 novel and 1944 film of the same name, the series ran for a total of fifty-eight episodes.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

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.[2]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1960–61)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
11"The Raffle"TBATBASeptember 18, 1960 (1960-09-18)6201
22"The Breaking"TBATBASeptember 25, 1960 (1960-09-25)6202
33"Chip"TBATBAOctober 2, 1960 (1960-10-02)6204
44"A Matter of Pride"TBATBAOctober 9, 1960 (1960-10-09)
55"Edwina's Escapade"TBATBAOctober 16, 1960 (1960-10-16)
66"The Drought"TBATBAOctober 23, 1960 (1960-10-23)6203
77"The Canary"TBATBAOctober 30, 1960 (1960-10-30)6213
88"Mi's Girl"TBATBANovember 6, 1960 (1960-11-06)6212
99"Anniversary"TBATBANovember 13, 1960 (1960-11-13)
1010"Crisis"TBATBANovember 20, 1960 (1960-11-20)
1111"The Barbecue"TBATBANovember 27, 1960 (1960-11-27)
1212"The Milkman"TBATBADecember 4, 1960 (1960-12-04)
1313"Donald's Friend"TBATBADecember 11, 1960 (1960-12-11)6207
1414"The Big Shot"TBATBADecember 18, 1960 (1960-12-18)
1515"The Quarrel"TBATBADecember 25, 1960 (1960-12-25)
1616"The Prize"TBATBAJanuary 1, 1961 (1961-01-01)
1717"The Star Wish"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1961 (1961-01-08)
1818"Teddy's Exam"TBATBAJanuary 15, 1961 (1961-01-15)
1919"The Colt"Victor StoloffClaire KennedyJanuary 22, 1961 (1961-01-22)
2020"The Calf"TBATBAJanuary 29, 1961 (1961-01-29)6222
2121"The Grudge Match"TBATBAFebruary 5, 1961 (1961-02-05)
2222"The Fire"TBATBAFebruary 12, 1961 (1961-02-12)6226
2323"The Sissy"TBATBAFebruary 19, 1961 (1961-02-19)
2424"Grandpa"TBATBAFebruary 26, 1961 (1961-02-26)
2525"Epidemic"TBATBAMarch 5, 1961 (1961-03-05)
2626"The Beauty Contest"TBATBAMarch 12, 1961 (1961-03-12)6226
2727"The Swindle"TBATBAMarch 19, 1961 (1961-03-19)6232
2828"The Circuit"TBATBAMarch 26, 1961 (1961-03-26)6230
2929"The Riding Mistress"TBATBAApril 9, 1961 (1961-04-09)6233
3030"Grandpa Returns"TBATBAApril 16, 1961 (1961-04-16)6234
3131"The Bridegroom"TBATBAApril 23, 1961 (1961-04-23)6236
3232"The Efficiency Expert"TBATBAApril 30, 1961 (1961-04-30)6235

Season 2 (1961–62)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
331"The Pony"TBATBASeptember 18, 1961 (1961-09-18)6240
342"The Lake"TBATBASeptember 25, 1961 (1961-09-25)6241
353"The Bully"TBATBAOctober 2, 1961 (1961-10-02)6243
364"The Fall"TBATBAOctober 9, 1961 (1961-10-09)6249
375"Edwina's Elopement"TBATBAOctober 16, 1961 (1961-10-16)6250
386"The Tramp"TBATBAOctober 23, 1961 (1961-10-23)6244
397"Fortune Teller"TBATBAOctober 30, 1961 (1961-10-30)6248
408"Donald's Tonsils"TBATBANovember 6, 1961 (1961-11-06)6254
419"The Outsider"TBATBANovember 13, 1961 (1961-11-13)6253
4210"The Club"TBATBANovember 20, 1961 (1961-11-20)6258
4311"The Desperado"TBATBANovember 27, 1961 (1961-11-27)6245
4412"The Experiment"TBATBADecember 11, 1961 (1961-12-11)6251
4513"Terry"TBATBADecember 18, 1961 (1961-12-18)6256
4614"The Haunted House"TBATBADecember 25, 1961 (1961-12-25)6247
4715"Stable Mates"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1962 (1962-01-08)
4816"Martha's Beau"TBATBAJanuary 22, 1962 (1962-01-22)
4917"The Scandal"TBATBAJanuary 29, 1962 (1962-01-29)
5018"The Star"TBATBAFebruary 5, 1962 (1962-02-05)
5119"The Test"TBATBAFebruary 12, 1962 (1962-02-12)
5220"The Feud"TBATBAFebruary 19, 1962 (1962-02-19)
5321"Jeopardy"TBATBAFebruary 26, 1962 (1962-02-26)
5422"The Rogue Horse"TBATBAMarch 5, 1962 (1962-03-05)
5523"Mi's Citizenship"TBATBAMarch 12, 1962 (1962-03-12)6252
5624"The Rumor"TBATBAMarch 19, 1962 (1962-03-19)6266
5725"Ede's Bombshell"TBATBAMarch 26, 1962 (1962-03-26)6257
5826"The Clown"TBATBAApril 2, 1962 (1962-04-02)

Guest stars[edit]

Production notes[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woolery, George W. (1985). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part II: Live, Film, and Tape Series. The Scarecrow Press. pp. 367–369. ISBN 0-8108-1651-2.
  2. ^ "National Velvet". TV.com. Retrieved February 18, 2018.

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