In Which We Serve

In Which We Serve

Noël Coward (1942)

U Certificate


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This wartime propaganda film is a thinly disguised take on the maritime exploits of Lord Mountbatten. Co-directed by the debuting David Lean and Noël Coward, it has matured to become a paean to a lost world. Told in flashback, as a group of stranded sailors await rescue after the sinking of their ship, the film is immensely moving, and contains definitive performances from Coward himself (his speech about his ship, the HMS Torrin, is a classic) and Celia Johnson, all chintz, beauty and stoicism in her film debut. Watch out, too, for screen bows from Richard Attenborough, Daniel Massey and an 11-week-old Juliet Mills. A box-office hit in its day, the film was awarded a special Oscar, to Coward for his "outstanding production achievement".


When a British destroyer is torpedoed during the Battle of Crete, surviving crew members are left clinging to the wreckage and recall their previous adventures at sea - and the reasons why they enlisted for service in the first place. Second World War drama, starring Noel Coward, who co-directed with David Lean, alongside John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson and Richard Attenborough.

Cast & Crew

Captain "D" Noël Coward
O/S "Shorty" Blake John Mills
CPO Walter Hardy Bernard Miles
Alix Kinross Celia Johnson
Mrs Hardy Joyce Carey
Freda Lewis Kay Walsh
Number One Derek Elphinstone
Edgecombe Frederick Piper
Joey Mackridge Geoffrey Hibbert
Mr Blake George Carney
Mrs Blake Kathleen Harrison
Uncle Fred Wally Patch
Colonel Lumsden Walter Fitzgerald
Lavinia Kinross Ann Stephens
Bobby Kinross Daniel Massey
"Flags" Michael Wilding
Maureen Fenwick Penelope Dudley Ward
"Guns" Robert Sansom
"Torps" Philip Friend
Doctor James Donald
Engineer commander Ballard Berkeley
Pilot Hubert Gregg
Young stoker Richard Attenborough
Director Noël Coward
Director David Lean
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp LtdAvailable on: video and DVD