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In Which We Serve (1942)

 -  Drama | War  -  23 December 1942 (USA)
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This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Derek Elphinstone ...
No. 1
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Flags
Robert Sansom ...
Guns
Philip Friend ...
Torps
Chimmo Branson ...
Midshipman
Ballard Berkeley ...
Engineer Commander
Hubert Gregg ...
Pilot
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Doc
Michael Whittaker ...
Sub
Kenneth Carten ...
Sub-Lieutenant R.N.V.R.
John Varley ...
Secco
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Chief Petty Officer Hardy / Walter Hardy
Caven Watson ...
Brodie
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Ordinary Seaman Blake / Shorty Blake
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This is the story of a British Naval ship, HMS Torrin, from its construction to its sinking in the Mediterranean during action in World War II. The ship's first and only commanding officer is the experienced Captain E.V. Kinross who trains his men not only to be loyal to him but to the country and most importantly, to themselves. They face challenges at sea and also at home. They lose some of their shipmates in action and some of their loved ones in the devastation that is the blitz. Throughout it all, the men of the Torrin serve valiantly and heroically. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | War

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23 December 1942 (USA)  »

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£240,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

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The role of Lavinia Kinross was originally intended for 5 year old Anna Massey, as her brother Daniel Massey had been cast as her film brother Bobby Kinross. According to her memoirs however she screamed so much at the audition that the role had to be recast. See more »

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During the scene in which two Army officers returning from Dunkirk join Kinross on the bridge of his ship, the way the cigarette smoke rises betrays the fact this scene was shot indoors. See more »

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[first lines]
Voice: [voiceover] This is the story of a ship...
[long sequence of ship-building and launch]
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An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
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The Ship Comes First ***
4 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When "In Which We Serve" was made in 1942, England was in the midst of its finest hour. We see a film of honor, devotion, and loyalty to the realm.

It is basically the story of a boat being torpedoed and the flashbacks of 3 sailors aboard the doomed wreckage.

Noel Coward, a brilliant talent, did not perform well here. His scenes with his children appear awkward and he is unusually cold towards them. While a war is going on, that strong sentiment of a loving friendly tie is missing.

Kudos go to Celia Johnson, as Alix, his wife in the film. She states in a memorable way that in the navy, devotion to the ship comes first. John Mills is also effective as a navy man. In a heart-wrenching scene, he must tell a fellow shipman that his wife and mother-in-law have been killed in the blitz.

The ending is poignantly done. A tear will come to the eye as Coward says goodbye to those who survived the torpedoed ship.

A film of valor and of the human spirit. England was certainly at its finest hour.


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