IMDb > In Which We Serve (1942)
In Which We Serve
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

In Which We Serve (1942) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 27 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
In Which We Serve -- This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

Overview

User Rating:
7.4/10   3,305 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 28% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Directors:
Writer:
Contact:
View company contact information for In Which We Serve on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
23 December 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Noel Coward's Academy Award Winner [UK Video] See more »
Plot:
This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins See more »
User Reviews:
The HMS Torrin See more (42 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Noel Coward ... Captain E. V. Kinross R.N. / Captain 'D'
Derek Elphinstone ... No. 1

Michael Wilding ... Flags
Robert Sansom ... Guns
Philip Friend ... Torps
Chimmo Branson ... Midshipman
Ballard Berkeley ... Engineer Commander
Hubert Gregg ... Pilot

James Donald ... Doc
Michael Whittaker ... Sub
Kenneth Carten ... Sub-Lieutenant R.N.V.R.
John Varley ... Secco

Bernard Miles ... Chief Petty Officer Hardy / Walter Hardy
Caven Watson ... Brodie

John Mills ... Ordinary Seaman Blake / Shorty Blake
Geoffrey Hibbert ... Joey Mackeridge

Richard Attenborough ... Young Stoker
Frederick Piper ... Edgecombe
Lionel Grose ... Reynolds
Leslie Dwyer ... Parkinson
Charles Russell ... Fisher
John Singer ... Moran
Robert Moreton ... Coombe
John Boxer ... Hollett
Kenneth Evans ... Posty
Johnnie Schofield ... Coxswain
Franklyn Bennett ... Commander Spencer (as Franklin Bennett)
Charles Compton ... No. 1. 'Tremoyne'
Walter Fitzgerald ... Colonel Lumsden
Gerald Case ... Jasper
Celia Johnson ... Mrs. Kinross / Alix
Daniel Massey ... Bobby
Ann Stephens ... Lavinia
Joyce Carey ... Mrs. Hardy / Kath
Kay Walsh ... Freda Lewis / Freda
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs. Blake
Dora Gregory ... Mrs. Lemmon
Penelope Dudley-Ward ... Maureen (as Penelope Dudley Ward)
Barbara Waring ... Mrs. Macadoo
Eileen Peel ... Mrs. Farrell
Lesley Osmond ... Nell Fosdick
Josie Welford ... Emily
Kay Young ... Barmaid
Trixy Scales ... Mona Duke (as Trixie Scales)
George Carney ... Mr. Blake
Wally Patch ... Uncle Fred
Michael Anderson ... Albert Fosdick (as Mickey Anderson)
Jill Stephens ... May Blake
Everley Gregg ... Nurse
Roddy Hughes ... Photographer
Norman Pierce ... Mr. Satterthwaite

Juliet Mills ... Freda's Baby
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neville Chamberlain ... Himself (archive sound) (voice)
John Brabourne ... Soldier in the Dunkirk Sequence (uncredited)

Leslie Howard ... Voice (uncredited)

Directed by
Noel Coward 
David Lean 
 
Writing credits
Noel Coward (by)

Produced by
Noel Coward .... producer
Anthony Havelock-Allan .... associate producer
Herbert Smith .... executive producer in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Noel Coward (musical score)
Clifton Parker (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ronald Neame (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Thelma Connell  (as Thelma Myers)
David Lean (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
David Rawnsley 
 
Makeup Department
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist (as Toni Sforzini)
 
Production Management
Michael Anderson .... unit manager
Sydney Streeter .... production manager (as Sydney S. Streeter)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth Horne .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Tom Payne .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Norman Spencer .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William C. Andrews .... associate art director (as W. C. Andrews)
G.E. Calthrop .... art supervisor to Noel Coward (as G. E. Calthrop)
Norman Delaney .... set dressing
John Elphick .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Bill Holmes .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Alfred Roberts .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Gus Walker .... assistant construction manager (uncredited)
Harry White .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.C. Stevens .... sound recording
John Aldred .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Walter R. Day .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Desmond Dew .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Douglas Woolsey .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Derick Williams .... special effects cameraman
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
Frank Gibson .... visual effects production manager (uncredited)
Stanley Grant .... special effects camera operator (uncredited)
P.G. Hemfrey .... first assistant camera: visual effects unit (uncredited)
T. Pickett .... model assistant (uncredited)
Charles Staffell .... special effects camera assistant (uncredited)
Bill Warrington .... model supervisor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Green .... operating cameraman
Jack Atcheler .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Jim Body .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Jock Dymore .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Norman Foley .... focus puller (uncredited)
B. Francke .... camera operator (uncredited)
J. Green .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Alan Hume .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Max Rosher .... still photographer (uncredited)
Henry Slagter .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Ray Sturgess .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Reginald Beck .... supervising editor (uncredited)
Pat Danes .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Peter Taylor .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Norah Walsh .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Renee Woods .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Roy Douglas .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
I.T. Clark .... naval advisor (as Lt. Commander I.T. Clark O.B.E. R.N.)
C.R.E. Compton .... naval advisor (as Lieutenant C.R.E. Compton R.N.)
T.W.J. Lawlor .... naval advisor (as Able Seaman T.W.J. Lawlor)
Betty Curtis .... continuity (uncredited)
Irene Howard .... rehearsal director (uncredited)
Gordon Parry .... location manager (uncredited)
Maggie Unsworth .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Royal Navy  this film is dedicated to, "whereon under the good providence of God, the wealth, safety and strength of the kingdom chiefly depend" (as The Royal Navy)
  • Forster & Son  officers uniforms (as Forster & Son Ltd.)
  • London Symphony Orchestra, The (LSO)  music played by (as The London Symphony Orchestra)
  • Royal Navy  this film would not have been possible without the help, guidance and co-operation of the following (as The Royal Navy)
  • Royal Air Force (RAF)  this film would not have been possible without the help, guidance and co-operation of the following (as The Royal Air Force)
  • 5th Battalion Coldstream Guards, The  this film would not have been possible without the help, guidance and co-operation of the following (as The 5th Battalion Coldstream Guards)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
USA:115 min | UK:114 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
First film directed by David Lean.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Voice:[voiceover] This is the story of a ship...
[long sequence of ship-building and launch]
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Greatest Ever War Films (2014) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Good King WenceslasSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
The HMS Torrin, 13 February 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

The British destroyer HMS Torrin serves as the meeting place where men from all walks of life come together as they are called to do their duty for their country. The lives of the different men interconnect in amazing ways, in good times and during tragedy at sea.

David Lean and Noel Coward shared the directorial duty in a film that is one of the best ones of the genre. It would appear impossible by today's egotistical standards that two men, like Mr. Coward and Mr. Lean, would even consent to work in a film project. The unity shown in the making of the film must have come from those trying days during the war days in England.

The large ensemble cast put together for the film showcases some of the best talent of the British screen like no other of its kind. Noel Coward, who was a colossal figure in the East End stage, is seen as Capt. Kinross, the man at the helm of the Torrin. His wife is played by Celia Johnson, one of the best actresses of her generation, and who later would go to collaborate with Mr. Coward in what must be, perhaps, one of the best achievements in the English cinema, "Brief Encounter".

In supporting roles we see a young John Mills playing Shorty Blake. Bernard Miles is seen as the kind Walter Hardy. His wife Katherine is portrayed by Joyce Carey, another excellent character actress who was always a welcome presence in any film in which she appeared. Kay Walsh, Michael Wilding, Daniel Massey seen as a young boy, and the baby Juliet Mills also appear in the film.

"In Which We Serve" is still a pleasure to watch because it shows the valor of the men called to defend their country.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (42 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for In Which We Serve (1942)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Well, that was unexpected! svenrufus
Which is the poem? Mattias
The Kinross Special pjhuckett
In Which We Serve vs The Cruel Sea t-pitt-1
Unrecorded author and actors colin-236
John Mills comes from Nottingham...? PorkPie007
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Pearl Harbor Britannic Australia Pursuit of the Graf Spee Der Untergang der Pamir
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.