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In Which We Serve

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Original title
In Which We Serve
Running time
115 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Noël Coward
Noël Coward, Clifton Parker
Ronald Neame (B&W)
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Two Cities Films; United Artists release
War | II World War
Synopsis / Plot
Based on the true story of Lord Mountbatten's destroyer, In Which We Serve is one of the most memorable British films made during World War II. Unfolding in flashback as survivors cling to a dingy, the film interweaves the history of HMS Torrin with the onshore lives of its crew. The 1942 film was the inspiration of Noël Coward, who desperately wanted to do something for the war effort, and he produced, wrote the screenplay, composed the stirring score, and starred as Captain Edward Kinross. Coward also officially codirected, though he handed the reigns to David Lean (in his directorial debut). There is fine support from Celia Johnson and John Mills, as well as a star-making debut from an uncredited Richard Attenborough. The use of real navy and army personnel as extras, together with lavish studio production and authentic shipboard location footage, lends the film an unusual sense of realism. A landmark in the careers of many of the most important names in British film, this moving and occasionally harrowing classic has a vital place in the development of British cinema. --Gary S. Dalkin (from
1943: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Movie, Original Screenplay
1942: National Board of Review: Best Movie
1942: Film Critics Circle of New York: Best Movie
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