Gift Horse

Gift Horse

Compton Bennett (1951)

U Certificate


Our Score
Packed with stock situations, this unremarkable naval drama starts in 1940 on the broken-down tub presented to gung-ho captain Trevor Howard as part of a 50-destroyer loan made to Britain by neutral America. The inevitable hostility that flares between Howard and his men, the Admiralty inquiry into negligence and the ramming raid on a Nazi dockyard in France are all staged with efficiency by director Compton Bennett. But the action lacks urgency, Howard looks thoroughly bored by the proceedings and crew members Richard Attenborough, Hugh Williams and Bernard Lee, plus flashy American Sonny Tufts, have nothing new to show us.


A Navy captain reluctantly takes command of an old US destroyer during the Second World War and struggles with a crew who do not respect his authority. However, the prospect of facing the mighty German force brings much-needed unity. Adventure, starring Trevor Howard, Richard Attenborough, Bernard Lee, Sonny Tufts and James Donald.

Cast & Crew

Lieutenant Commander Hugh Fraser Trevor Howard
Dripper Daniels Richard Attenborough
Yank Flanagan Sonny Tufts
Lieutenant Richard Jennings James Donald
June Mallory Joan Rice
Stripey Wood Bernard Lee
Glad Dora Bryan
Captain Hugh Williams
Lieutenant Michael Grant Robin Bailey
Jones Meredith Edwards
Appleby John Forrest
Petty Officer Martin Patric Doonan
Ned Hardy Sidney James
Director Compton Bennett
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Molton Films LtdAvailable on: DVD