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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.

Director:

Compton Bennett

Writers:

Ivan Goff (from an original story by), Ben Roberts (from an original story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Howard ... Lt. Cmdr Hugh Alginon Fraser
Richard Attenborough ... Able Seaman 'Dripper' Daniels
Sonny Tufts ... Ordinary Seaman 'Yank' Flanagan
James Donald ... Lt. Richard Jennings, No. 1
Bernard Lee ... A.S. 'Stripey' Wood
Dora Bryan ... Glad Flanagan
Hugh Williams ... Captain David G. Wilson, Division Commander
Robin Bailey Robin Bailey ... Lt. Michael Grant, Pilot
Meredith Edwards ... Jones
John Forrest John Forrest ... Appleby the Captain's Steward
Patric Doonan Patric Doonan ... Petty Officer Martin (as Patrick Doonan)
Sidney James ... Ned Hardy, Owner Golden Bull
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ... McConalog the Bartender
James Kenney ... John A. Fraser, Hugh's Son
George Street George Street ... Court Member
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Storyline

In 1940, a mothballed American destroyer is commissioned in the Royal Navy. Her experienced Commanding Officer has had a checkered career and the crew are mostly lacking sea experience. A series of mishaps seem to dog the ship for some time, and the personal lives of the crew are turbulent, but at last the ship's company make good and the destruction of a U-boat marks their first success. Now they are asked to volunteer for the most dangerous mission they will encounter. Written by Hazel Freeman

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Taglines:

The Life Story of a Ship - The Love Life of Her Crew! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 March 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glory at Sea See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Molton See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie takes place from 1940 to 1942. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr Hugh Alginon Fraser: There's just one other thing. This ship, as you may know, has been laid off and sealed up for a number of years, and quite plainly, she is no longer young. However, at this stage in the proceedings, she is worth her displacement in gold. With that in mind, it may be worth remembering the useful old saying "never look a gift horse in the mouth".
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Crazy Credits

In 1940 when Britain was fighting alone for her life, the United States transferred fifty of her destroyers to the Royal Navy. This picture is respectfully dedicated to their exploits and is very broadly based on the exploits of one of these destroyers. See more »

Soundtracks

Good King Wenceslas
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by John M. Neale and Thomas Helmore
Arranged by Eric Rogers
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Creaky war film worth watching for the acting and some novel scenes.
27 July 2014 | by a.lampertSee 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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