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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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The military mission in the film is based on the real World War II raid on St. Nazaire by HMS Campbeltown in a campaign known as Operation Chariot.
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.)
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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