Glory at Sea (1952)

  |  Adventure, Drama, War

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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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Ivan Goff (from an original story by), Ben Roberts (from an original story by), William Fairchild (screenplay), Hugh Hastings (screenplay), William Rose (adaptation)

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10 September 2018 | clanciai
| A derelict ship fighting it out against all odds and surviving all her own defeats with a vengeance
In the beginning of the war when Britain was fighting for her life with France lost and German U-boats sinking all her convoys, Churchill desperately pleaded to Roosevelt for any kind of assistance. Roosevelt was rather reluctant to help a sinking ship, as he (like the ambassador Joseph Kennedy in London) thought it probable that Britain would have to submit to Germany, but he condescendingly let off some battle ships that were taken out of circulation and would be scrapped anyway. This is the story of such a ship, called "Gift Horse" all through the film, and Captain Trevor Howard very wisely considers it best not to look into the mouth of a gift horse. Of course, there is trouble with the ship all the way, as there is always something crucial that doesn't work when the situation becomes critical. So there are many incidents, but the most interesting thing about the film is how it almost documentarily goes into the private lives of the sailors. There are many extremely interesting insights into different fates of the war, including many heart-breaking trials, of course. Richard Attenborough is one of the crew, and there are some wonderful pub scenes with fighting parties, of which the second earns a place in lasting memorability. It's a great film on a minor scale but the more interesting for its absolute realism.

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