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In Which We Serve (1942)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 23 December 1942 (USA)
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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Ordinary Seaman Shorty Blake
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Chief Petty Officer Walter Hardy
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Mrs. Alix Kinross
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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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Noel Coward's Academy Award Winner [UK Video] See more »

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Drama | War

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23 December 1942 (USA)  »

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Hidalgos de los mares  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One day Noël Coward visited the set of One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) and after seeing how the crew staged and wrapped up an elaborate sequence in about two hours decided to use many of them on his film In Which We Serve (1942). See more »

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When a scene is shown in the wardroom, the point of view changes to simulate the ship moving. However, the sherry or wine in the glasses does not move at all, showing that it is the camera that is moving rather than the 'ship' (or set). 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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This film is dedicated to the Royal Navy "whereon under the good providence of God, the wealth, safety and strength of the kingdom chiefly depend". See more »

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Featured in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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Good King Wenceslas
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Lyrics by John M. Neale
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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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