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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.

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Release Date:
23 December 1942 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Eyes wet, lump in my throat, but stiff upper lip all the way 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

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Runtime:
USA:115 min | UK:114 min
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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:
Noel Coward was nervous at the prospect of directing and asked his friend John Mills if he could recommend someone to help him. Mills suggested "the best editor in the country", David Lean.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Voice:[voiceover] This is the story of a ship...
[long sequence of ship-building and launch]
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Eddie Izzard: Glorious (1997) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Eternal Father, Strong to SaveSee more »

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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Eyes wet, lump in my throat, but stiff upper lip all the way, 29 June 2004
Author: MartynGryphon from Coventry, England

In Which We Serve, is a blistering film, that never fails to hit the mark. The story revolves around the Life and Sinking of a Royal Naval Destroyer HMS Torin, and the gallant men that served on her.

Loosly based on the story of HMS Kelly a real Royal Navy Destroyer commanded by Lord Louis Mountbatten, it takes us back to the days when Britannia really did rule the waves.

The ship is sunk during the battle of Crete, and the main characters of the movie are then clinging to the life raft awaiting rescue. The film is a combination of flashbacks showing the effect that War has on the sailors and their families back home.

Sir Noel Coward is brilliant as the upper class Captain that commands the ship and the respect of his crew. Sir Bernard Miles is equally as pleasing as the middle class Petty Officer, and Sir John Mills gives a movie-making performance representing the majority of the Royal Navy, as the ordinary every day working class able seaman.

I've noticed that a lot of reviews of this movie talk of the class divide between the three characters, but I disagree entirely. First of all it is a true depiction of what the class structure was like in those days coupled with the fact that it was a message to say that in War time EVERYBODY is in the same stink, regardless of Class. A prime example of this is when the ship sinks. At home these men may lead different lifestyles. but after having a ship blown from beneath them. they are all the same.

Cowards film is a masterpiece, and his score is haunting and beautiful. Sir David Lean's directorial debut, (under the watchful eye of Coward), is something to be proud of, and it's no surprise they were to team again.

One the best moments of this movie is when the crew of the Torin rescue Coldstream Guardsmen from the bloody beaches of Dunkirk. On the dockside back in Blighty the Guardsmen disembark. Tired, wounded, and emotional. One word from an officer, and these broken men SNAP to attention regardless of how they feel, and in perfect unison are marched away. leaving John Mills to say "If I weren't so tired I'd give 'em a cheer......and that's no error" Incredible.

This is a triumph for War time movie making and remains a milestone in British Cinema which also includes Lord Attenborough's movie debut.

This Movie never fails to bring a lump to my throat. and the younger generation should be MADE to watch this movie. Who knows? it may help to restore this countries flagging patriotism.

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