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Two of the ship's company and Captain Kinross (Noel Coward) hang on to a float as they watch the HMS Torrin go down.
Two of the ship's company and Captain Kinross (Noel Coward) hang on to a float as they watch the HMS Torrin go down.
Young gunner (Richard Attenborough) listens contemplatively as the captain addresses the crew.
Young gunner (Richard Attenborough) listens contemplatively as the captain addresses the crew.

Thumbnail for In Which We Serve (1942) In Which We Serve (1942)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 78
Notable as: Award-Winning Work, Award-Winning WorkGenre: Black-and-white, War film, DramaMain subject: World War IIRuntime: 114 - 115 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United KingdomDirector: Noël Coward, David LeanScreenwriter: Noël CowardMusic: Noël CowardCinematography: Ronald NeameStars: John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson, Noël Coward, Michael Wilding, James Donald, Daniel Massey, Juliet Mills, Richard Attenborough Producer: Noël CowardAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Noël Coward)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

In Which We Serve is a 1942 British patriotic war film directed by Noël Coward. It was made during the Second World War with the assistance of the Ministry of Information. The screenplay by Coward was inspired by the exploits of Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was in command of the destroyer HMS Kelly when it was sunk during the Battle of Crete. Coward composed the film's music as well as starring in the film as the ship's captain. The film also starred John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson, and Richard Attenborough in his first screen role. In Which We Serve received the full backing of the Ministry of Information which offered advice on what would make good propaganda and facilitated the release of military personnel. The film remains a classic example of wartime British cinema through its patriotic imagery of national unity and social cohesion within the context of the war.


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