In Which We Serve (1942)

Not Rated  |   |  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:
Captain E. V. Kinross R.N. / Captain 'D' (as Noel Coward)
Derek Elphinstone ...
No. 1
Robert Sansom ...
Philip Friend ...
Chimmo Branson ...
Ballard Berkeley ...
Engineer Commander
Hubert Gregg ...
Michael Whittaker ...
Kenneth Carten ...
Sub-Lieutenant R.N.V.R.
John Varley ...
Chief Petty Officer Hardy / Walter Hardy
Caven Watson ...
Ordinary Seaman Blake / Shorty Blake


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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Release Date:

23 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hidalgos de los mares  »

Box Office


£240,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)


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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Daniel Massey. He plays the son of Noël Coward, his real-life godfather, who was a close friend of Daniel's father, Raymond Massey. Daniel later played Noel Coward in Star! (1968), a musical biography of Gertrude Lawrence, starring Julie Andrews. See more »


When soldiers evacuated from Dunkirk are disembarking they are shown carrying Lee Enfield No.4 rifles. This model of Lee Enfield was not issued to troops until later in the war. They should have been shown with the earlier model Short Magazine Lee Enfield. In most (all?) other scenes the correct model for the period is shown. See more »


[first lines]
Voice: [voiceover] This is the story of a ship...
[long sequence of ship-building and launch]
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Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Lyrics by William Whiting
Composed by John B. Dykes
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Noel Cowards' Citizen Kane
30 September 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The life and times of a British WW2 ship told in flashback. Loosely based on the war time experiences of Louis Mountbatten.

A powerhouse classic that drags you in and doesn't let go for a single second. Not only one of the best war films of all time, but the best told from a navy perspective. Hasn't dated one little bit since it was made in 1942.

Actor/Director (with help from David Lean) Coward made the filming as much like reality as possible and the scenes in the tank almost resulted in the drowning of several of the actors - including Coward himself!

If you haven't seen it you really should because it belongs in the highest rank of world cinema.

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