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Glory at Sea (1952)
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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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Commander Fraser refers to his service medals as 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. These were nicknames for the the British War Medal and the British Victory Medal of the Great War. (Note: The 1914 Star and the 1914-15 Star star were nicknamed 'Pip'. The three names come from the names of characters in a Daily Mirror cartoon strip.) See more »

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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
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Enjoyable, understated war film
2 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just to add to malcolmgsw's comments.

The film has some elements of truth to it. The original destroyer concerned was USS Buchanan, renamed in the Royal Navy HMS Campbelltown. This ship did indeed carry out the raid on St Nazaire, in March 1942. The purpose was to prevent the use of the dock by the German battleship Tirpitz in case she should ever breakout into the Atlantic. It was the only dock outside Germany which could accommodate the ship.

One scene stands out for me in the film. It takes place in ex boxer Sid James's pub where some of the crew of our ship are relaxing. A crew of another ship starts to wind them up and this leads to a fight. However, we don't see this fight. As it begins, a bell goes off like the bell at the start of a boxing match. At the same time, the camera focuses on a photo of Sid in his boxing days, one of many which adorn the walls of his pub. Then as the fight ensues, the camera fixes on other boxing pictures from the wall as each blow is struck. Very enjoyable!


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