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The Horse with the Human Mind (1946)

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We spend the day with Bess, considered by many to be the smartest horse in the movies, as she works with her trainer.


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Bess ...
Herself (horse)
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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 <>

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Documentary | Short





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24 October 1946 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Showing Off Bess the Wonderful
12 October 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Horse with the Human Mind, The (1946)

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This is a pretty fun MGM short where they show off their horse Bess who is suppose to be the smartest horse in the business. We see her work out with her trainer Joe Adkinson and I think anyone is going to be impressed with her. We see the two do countless tricks together but in the scenes where she plays dead and "falls down" you can't help but feel floored by her. I've seen quite a few documentaries in my day but I never really stopped to think about the actual horses in these movies I watch. Seeing Bess in action certainly opened my eyes and I'll have to admit that this documentary made me want to check out some of the films she was in. There's another funny bit where Bess is walking though a MGM zoo where she teases Leo the Lion and Lassie. This is certainly nothing ground breaking but I'm sure most will find themselves entertained.

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