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The film's opening credits acknowledge the cooperation and approval of the American Humane Association in the production of the picture. Another title states, "This presentation of Anna Sewell's immortal classic has been freely adapted for the screen-carefully preserving the beautiful spirit of this most beloved of all horse stories." Mona Freeman and Richard Denning were loaned to the production by Paramount. Alson Productions was owned by Edward L. Alperson.
There have been many screen adaptations of Anna Sewell's novel. Among them are a 1917 Edison three-reel picture entitled Your Obedient Servant, with Peggy Adams and Pat O'Malley, directed by Edward H. Griffith; a 1921 Vitagraph film directed by David Smith, with Jean Paige, James Morrison and George Webb, (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0432); a 1933 Monogram version directed by Phil Rosen that starred Esther Ralston and Alexander Kirkland (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.0356); a 1971 German-Spanish-British co-production directed by James Hill, starring Mark Lester; a 1972 British television series entitled The Adventures of Black Beauty; a 1978 NBC-TV mini-series; and, a 1994 Warner Bros. release directed and written by Caroline Thompson.