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We visit MGM Studio's zoo and animal training facility where trainer Joe Adkinson wants to put Bess, the world's smartest horse, through her practice drills. But before he can start, Bess opens the gate to the compound and heads for a pond, taking Joe's hat with her. Back in the paddock, in front of a lion, a couple of elephants, and Lassie, Bess shows off her ability to respond to Joe's commands. With a receptive vocabulary of more than 500 words, she backs up, trots, speeds up, pivots, stretches, and, in her most complicated maneuver, follows Joe's instructions to lie down and then ignore his commands that she rise. Written by
This is an amusing short subject showing off the zoo that MGM had on its lot. You may wonder why elephants were there. It wasn't that long ago that MGM was doing the Tarzan series and I'm sure a few jungle animals were needed. Probably Cheta went along to RKO along with Johnny Weissmuller. Lassie was there though with a star on the dog house.
But the main subject was a horse named Bessie who had a bag full of tricks taught here by trainer Joe Adkisson. Adkisson put her through her paces and she got horse and human laughs.
Even MGM's fabled Leo the Lion got in an extra roar or two. Nothing beats a good animal act.
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