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Glory at Sea (1952)
"Gift Horse" (original title)

 -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  10 March 1953 (USA)
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The captain of a old destroyer in 1940 struggles with his crew as well as the Nazis.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Cmdr Hugh Alginon Fraser
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Able Seaman 'Dripper' Daniels
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Ordinary Seaman 'Yank' Flanagan
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Lt. Richard Jennings, No. 1
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A.S. 'Stripey' Wood
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Glad Flanagan
Hugh Williams ...
Captain David G. Wilson, Division Commander
Robin Bailey ...
Lt. Michael Grant, Pilot
Meredith Edwards ...
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John Forrest ...
Appleby the Captain's Steward
Patric Doonan ...
Petty Officer Martin (as Patrick Doonan)
Sidney James ...
Ned Hardy, Owner Golden Bull
Tony Quinn ...
McConalog the Bartender
James Kenney ...
John A. Fraser, Hugh's Son
George Street ...
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The captain of a old destroyer in 1940 struggles with his crew as well as the Nazis.

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Adventure | Drama | War

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10 March 1953 (USA)  »

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Glory at Sea  »

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The ship portraying HMS Ballentrae was actually the HMS Leamington. She was Lend-Leased to the UK as one of the 50 Lend Lease destroyers in 1940. In an interesting twist, she was further loaned by the British to the Soviets in 1944, and named Zhguchi. She was returned in to the British in 1950 and scrapped in 1951. She was used for the set of the movie prior to scrapping. See more »

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Good King Wenceslas
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Creaky war film worth watching for the acting and some novel scenes.
27 July 2014 | by (Margate, Kent, England) – See all my reviews

I've just watched The Gift Horse, a world war two film in black and white from 1952. I remember many titles of films from childhood which I never had the chance to see and so catch up with them now, and this is one of them. Based on a true incident where we made a swap with the Americans to obtain 50 old warships, this follows the exploits of one of these, commanded by the dependable Trevor Howard, who really carries the film, with a determined, but vulnerable performance, marvelous to watch. James Donald another actor known for these roles at the time, also has a major part, but is saddled with a side story which involves him romantically with Joan Rice, and consequently leaves him miscast. Robin Bailey is prominent and well cast I thought, as is the great Sid James, who runs a pub and there's a lovely scene where a fight breaks out in the pub and the camera ignores the guys fighting and goes to photographs on the wall of Sid in his boxing days, very novel. Lovely to see the wonderful Dora Bryan, and sadly I watched this only two days after she died at the age of 91. She would have been about 28 at the time. The film looks very dated and some of the scenes on the ship look like they were filmed in an old TV studio, but it's the acting that excels here, particularly Trevor Howard.


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