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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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Possibly the best film yet about wars totality 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:
When the film opened in September 1942, the Admiralty praised it for its authentic portrayal of navy life.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The History Boys (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
If You Were the Only Girl in the WorldSee more »

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49 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Possibly the best film yet about wars totality, 18 April 2000
Author: Andrew Raymond Barnes from Oslo, Norway

"In Which We Serve" is not only a wonderful pastiche of British society during the second world war, but a complex, yet correct statement of a very simple theme -namely the duty of a country's citizens to defend the system it believes in. The simplicity of the story is one of the movie's key strengths, but the most appealing aspect of the film is, for me at least, the way in which each scene reflects the preceding and suggests the subsequent one. The motivation behind this may have been to demonstrate the unifying elements of the various different characters and their individual stories, but the skill with which this is done makes for a wonderfully satisfying experience. The film is excellently crafted, moving from a semi-documentary style that would have been instantly recognizable to cinema audiences of the forties, with the then common weekly news reviews; and then moving into everything from light-comedy to exciting action and pure drama. It is a film that for many will seem old-fashioned, but only in some of its sentiments, never its techniques or its wisdom. And the "old-fashionedness" of some of it -such as the love scene between John Mills and his girlfriend on the bench by the water- has a poignancy that is nevertheless almost painful in its innocence. Above all the film expresses one immensely important concern: dignity. It is reflected in the words and actions of all the characters, and shines through the film with the immense pride the film-makers (Noel Coward especially) put into making this film. It is an important film not least because it is not afraid of expressing loss -for many the thought of a film about a sinking British ship was a shocking risk to take in a time of war. And it is an entertaining film as well, in the best tradition of British cinema. Like the other main Coward/Lean masterpiece "Brief Encounter" this film can be enjoyed on so many levels that it demands multiple viewings. And like "Brief Encounter" you will discover new subtleties each time...

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