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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:

Lucky Star See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,218,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Bible verse Smitty quotes at the end of the film is from Matthew 17:20. See more »

Goofs

When Bess is running after Tex on the Pacific island after hearing shots, she jumps into a water hole and struggles a bit, getting soaked. But, a few seconds later, after emerging from the water, she is completely dry. See more »

Connections

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

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I Finally Saw Gallant Bess this Weekend After 40 years.
12 January 2003 | by skippylcSee all my reviews

This is such a great movie. I had a friend contact Bridgestone, (I think that is the name) a company that sometimes is able to put movies on tape for sale. I guess they get permission although I have no idea how it works. But I heard the company couldn't or wouldn't get Gallant Bess taped. Anyway, it finally aired on January 11 on Turner Classic movies and I taped most of it. I missed the credits. But now I have a copy for my daughter. We loved it. It was the first time I had seen it in 40 some years. I was thrilled. I felt like a kid again. I urge anyone that loves a good old horse story to get Turner Classic Movies to release it. Or at least air it more on TV. It is a cool story for Veterans Day or Memorial Day too. Good luck.


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