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Gift Horse (1952) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Compton Bennett and produced by George Pitcher.

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Commander Fraser refers to his service medals as 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. These were nicknames for the the British War Medal and the British Victory Medal of the Great War. (Note: The 1914 Star and the 1914-15 Star star were nicknamed 'Pip'. The three names come from the names of characters in a Daily Mirror cartoon strip.)
This film's dedication states: "In 1940 when Britain was fighting ashore 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 adventures of one of these destroyers."
The so-called "Gift Horse" of the film's title refers to the nickname of the aged decrepit four-stacker ex-U.S. Navy destroyer seen in the film, the HMS Ballantrae.
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