Gallant Bess (1946) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • A young orphan farmboy has dreams of building a ranch with his horse Bess. But it's WWII, and he joins the navy and has to leave Bess behind. But while on patrol in the jungle, he finds a wounded horse to nurse back to health and to love. And in return, this new Bess not only becomes the unit mascot, but also saves the life of her master.

    - Written by Kathy Li
  • MGM's first feature film in Cinecolor is also their only film in which a horse played a dual role. The original story and screenplay by Jeanne Bartlett, based on an "incident told by Lt. Marvin Park, USNR" features an all-male cast, aside from the horse that played Bess, begins with a young boy whose father has left him a thoroughbred mare and an ambition to establish a stock farm. The boy is inducted into the Navy Seabees and is prevented from rushing to the side of his beloved Bess when she dies of pneumonia, and he is left with an antagonistic attitude. Later, on a remote island in the Pacific under Japanese bombardment, he saves a stricken horse he finds in the jungle and it becomes a beloved mascot of the CB company. And returns the favor by saving the boy's life.

    - Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>
  • In addition to the horse playing a dual role, the horse was also a gelding which is a male, not a female. Quite an acting challenge for any actor.

    - Written by holmescpa@yahoo.com


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