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

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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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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

The so-called "Gift Horse" of this movie's alternate title refers to the nickname of the aged decrepit four-stacker ex-U.S. Navy destroyer seen in the movie, the H.M.S. Ballantrae. 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

Annie Laurie
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Traditional
Arranged by Eric Rogers
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Never Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth
30 July 2004 | by bkoganbingSee 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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