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

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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

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 ...
Jones
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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Glory at Sea  »

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The so-called "Gift Horse" of the film's title refers to the nickname of the aged decrepit four-stacker ex-U.S. Navy destroyer seen in the film, the HMS Ballantrae. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA See more »

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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
Arranged by Eric Rogers
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Never Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth
30 July 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This is the only film I know that dealt with Anglo-American destroyers for naval base leases trade that Roosevelt and Churchill made before America entered World War II. Monetary transactions were forbidden by the Neutrality Act so FDR came up with the idea to give up 50 aged American destroyers in turn for leases on naval bases the British had in the Western Hemisphere. This was the precursor of Lend Lease.

Trevor Howard plays the captain of a crew taking over one of these ships and remember the ships are old. But as he said addressing his crew it was good to remember that old expression about never looking a gift horse in the mouth. He plays the part well in the best stiff upper lip tradition. Supporting Howard are James Donald, Richard Attenborough and over from America, Sonny Tufts.

Good easy to take war film about a little remembered historical event and the old gift horse does meet a gallant end.


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