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Gallant Bess (1946)

Passed | | Drama, War | 1 January 1947 (USA)
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.

Director:

Andrew Marton

Writers:

Marvin Park (story suggestion) (as Lt. Marvin Park U.S.N.R.), Jeanne Bartlett (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marshall Thompson ... Tex Barton
George Tobias ... Lug Johnson
Clem Bevans ... Smitty
Donald Curtis ... Lt. Bridgeman
Murray Alper ... Johnny
Wally Cassell ... Mike
Jim Davis ... Harry
Chill Wills ... Chief Petty Officer
John Burford John Burford ... Shorty
Johnny Bond ... Oakie
Bess Bess ... Bess
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Storyline

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

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See Bess do stunts you never saw a horse do before. (original poster)

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man and His Horse See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM's only feature film photographed in Cinecolor. See more »

Connections

Referenced in It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) See more »

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Based on a true story
7 December 2006 | by misterpex-1See all my reviews

Some people are unsure if Gallant Bess is based on a true story or not.

It is. Sort of.

The second half of the movie, when Tex rescues a horse during the war, was based on my grandfather's rescue of Bess while on the Solomon Islands during WWII.

Bess starred as herself in the movie, ie, the horse that was really rescued was the horse in the movie.

Search Wikipedia.org for "Gallant Bess" for the article I am writing regarding the true story.

Glad to see people out there still enjoy this movie! I tease my dad, who's father was Bess' master ("Tex" in the movie) and who rode Bess all the time as a kid, about having cried when he saw the movie for the first time as a kid.


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