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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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captain | officer | destroyer | bomber | crew | See more »

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The Greatest Motion Picture Of Our Time! [USA Theatrical] See more »

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Drama | War

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23 December 1942 (USA)  »

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Budget:

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

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(archive footage)|

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1.37 : 1
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The Hays office tried to delete the words "God", "hell", "damn", and "bastard" from the American release. Uproar from England forced the office to back down on everything except "bastard". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Composed by Johann Strauß
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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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