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Gallant Bess

Gallant Bess(1947)

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Working titles for this film were A Man and His Horse, Star from Heaven and Lucky Star. The film contained the following written acknowledgment: "We express our deep appreciation to the United States Navy, and the officers and men of the Advance Naval Base at Port Hueneme, California, for their special cooperation during the filming of this production." A September 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item notes that the film was based on an unpublished story by Lt. Marvin A. Park, as told to Boatswain Arthur L. Parker. According to a September 28, 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item, the picture, which began shooting in "secrecy" in early September 1945, was the first major studio production to be filmed using a color process other than Technicolor. The news item noted that the studio's decision to use Cinecolor ended Technicolor's twenty-year monopoly on film processing at M-G-M. Subsequent M-G-M color productions of the 1940s reverted to the use of Technicolor. No reason was given in the news item for the secrecy surrounding the production but the film was not listed in published production charts until mid-October 1945. According to Hollywood Reporter production charts, the horse "Silvership" appeared in the film. It is possible that Silvership was the real name of the horse listed as "Bess" in the onscreen credits. Some filming took place at Sherwood Forest, the Port Hueneme Naval Base in Southern California and in Montague and Dunsmuir, CA.