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Glory at Sea (1952)

Gift Horse (original title)
In 1940, the captain of an old Royal Navy destroyer struggles with his crew as well as the Nazis.

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

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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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Music by Franz Gruber
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Never Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth
30 July 2004 | by 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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