Gift Horse

Gift Horse (released in the United States as Glory at Sea) is a 1952 British black-and-white World War II drama, produced by George Pitcher, directed by Compton Bennett, that stars Trevor Howard, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Sonny Tufts, and Bernard Lee.


A disgraced former commander re-enlists in the Royal Navy during the Second World War and is put in command of the antiquated "four pipe" World War I ship, HMS Ballantrae, formerly USS Whittier, one of the Town-class destroyers from the Destroyers for Bases Agreement. He and his crew become an efficient fighting force in the process, prior to being sent on Operation Boadicea, a daring suicide mission against a Nazi submarine base on the coast of France.