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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
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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