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In Which We Serve (1942)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 23 December 1942 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. E.V. Kinross R.N. - Captain 'D' (as Noel Coward)
... Ordinary Seaman Shorty Blake
... Chief Petty Officer Walter Hardy
... Mrs. Alix Kinross
... Freda Lewis
... Mrs. Kath Hardy
Derek Elphinstone ... No. 1
... Flags
Robert Sansom ... Guns
... Torps
Chimmo Branson ... Midshipman
... Engineer Commander
... Pilot
... Doc
Michael Whittaker ... Sub
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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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The greatest human drama of war filmed! The greatest picture you've ever seen! [UK Theatrical] See more »

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hidalgos de los mares  »

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Budget:

£240,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$450,000, 3 February 1943
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

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(archive footage)|

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film utilized actual real war combat footage. See more »

Goofs

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]
Narrator: [voiceover] This is the story of a ship...
[long sequence of ship-building and launch]
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to the Royal Navy "whereon under the good providence of God, the wealth, safety and strength of the kingdom chiefly depend". See more »


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Good King Wenceslas
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Lyrics by John M. Neale
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patriotism for the British Navy
13 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

A flag waver for the British navy (‘the story of a ship') in which we meet rough representatives of the three classes (upper, middle, working) brought together by circumstance and service.

The working classes are represented by John Mills and Kay Walsh, who marry quietly during a leave and go to their honeymoon on a train. Mills plays a good sort, reliable, the usual depiction of the honest working Joe. Slightly above them in class (with a garden and refined accents) are Bernard Miles and Joyce Carey, both very fine performances. The top of the scale is naturally Noel Coward (who wrote, co-directed, and produced this) and Celia Johnson, with their luncheon parties and their two affected children (one is the actor Daniel Massey, then a little child).

By weaving the stories of all three together we do go some way to understanding the (fictional) mind-set of the man at war, his worries, his triumphs and preoccupations. And as a morale-booster for our chaps at sea it must have done its job very well - it remains fairly touching all these years on.


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