Film teaser - 5x4 press camera shot - Do you know which film this is from. (3 replies and 11 comments)
The older members will know but will the younger ones!
No!!!! I have no idea! They don't make them lie that anymore .... and that's probably a good thing!
The shot shows Vivienne Leigh and Thomas Mitchell - “Gone with the wind”.
It is still as fresh today as when they made it 1939, but of course nobody is interested.
I have just bought the remastered version of that movie on BR. The horse is not credited on the sleeve! Dobin?
Bingo! How did you know that, you are clever.
Actually, the horse didn't have a name in the script (as far as I can remember - I haven't watched the BR disk yet!) but the name of the equine actor was 'Gentle' and went on to play 'Silver' in 'The Lone Ranger'. 'Gentle' had a regular stunt double for trick work in the TV series and some of the horse noises were dubbed.
Now I have visions of a horse in the audio-post room, in front of a script stand, wearing reading glasses!
Now that is interesting, ‘Silver’ in the “Lone Ranger” now I am impressed, that’s when men had to do, what they had to do! Poor “gentle” was well past his best if
he had to do “Lone Ranger”, I’d say that Rigor mortis was well advanced by that time. Obviously, a non speaking role.
I should have said, “lone Ranger” UK TV series. I never had a TV but watched it on my Aunties 10 inch one, it did have a 4 inch thick glass magnifier tied on with string.
However, I did learn to lassoo her cat when he sneakedly dipped his paw in the gold fish bowl but accidentally I seemed to have lassood the bowl instead, I had to forfeit my “six gun” as I had to attend a ‘hanging’!!.
Rigor mortis??? Gone with the Wind was 39 and The Lone Ranger was in 49 onwards. My horse is at least 25 and as fit as a fiddle!
The TV series was the only one I saw. The US showed it on their TV network in the early 1950’S I understand, but the U.K. aired it in the mid fifties much later than the US. I don’t think Redifusion bought all the episodes. I haven’t done any research on this but if anyone is interested I will. I have never owned a horse but are surrounded by them. I never knew they lived that long, not much of a reward for carting us about, is it? I understand that horses need to be members of a ‘horse union’ before they can be a film extra. Not sure if that is true.
30 to 35 is usual for a healthy horse of the size of Gentle, which will be about 15-16 hands. Film horses are usually quite small so that actors can mount them easily and also smaller horses are less likely to injure themselves. My gee-gee is 18 hands, but then I'm 6'2", so if I sit on a 16-hand horse I look a bit silly.
I have never heard of horses having to carry Equity cards! But I suppose that they must have some insurance and be of acceptable temperament. But it wouldn't surprise me - esp. in Hollywood. If a gorilla costume can have an agent, then why not horses carrying Equity cards!
As a young member i can confirm, this flew a couple kilometers over my head hehe.
This is interesting, looking at the blimped camera, the lighting system, the Dolly running on planks of wood, the Director shouting through a microphone on left,
even the man with a Estwing hammer does indicate roughly the year. This film is one of the most successful films made in motion picture history.
Is it really important, I suppose not but there are 26,000 members on this forum and I am surprised no one is able to guess it. ( except Roger)
I guess that makes me one of the younger ones!
Ofcourse! But you have to name the ‘horse’ as well to get the star prize of two weeks holiday in Salisbury.