In Which We Serve Overview:

In Which We Serve (1942) was a Drama - War Film directed by David Lean and No?l Coward and produced by NoŽl Coward, Herbert Smith and Anthony Havelock-Allan.

Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

Special AwardTo Noel Coward for his outstanding production achievement in In Which We Serve.Won
Best PictureTwo CitiesNominated
Best WritingNoel CowardNominated

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In Which We Serve (1942)

By Beatrice on Aug 29, 2014 From Flickers in Time

In Which We Serve Directed by Noel Coward and David Lean Written by Noel Coward 1942/UK Two Cities Films First viewing/Netflix rental This has been the best yet in my mini-festival of 1942 British films made to prepare the populace for hard times to come. In Which We Serve?is a tribute to a ship, ... Read full article

In Which We Serve

By Alyson on Apr 12, 2010 From The Best Picture Project

?This is the story of a ship.?? It?s also about the men who served her and their wives who know they come second to her.? Real life survivor of the H.M.S Torrin, Noel Coward directs with David Lean in Lean?s first and Coward?s only film. After the H.M.S Torrin, a British destroyer, is sunk her survi... Read full article

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[last lines]
Voice: [voiceover] Here ends the story of a ship, but there will always be other ships; we are an island race, through all our centuries the sea has ruled our destiny. There will always be other ships and men to sail in them. It is these men, in peace or war, to whom we owe so much. Above all victories, beyond all loss, in spite of changing values and a changing world they give to us, their countrymen, eternal and indominitable pride.
[sequence of ships launching and at sea]
Capt. Edward V. Kinross: Open fire!
Voice: God bless our ships... and all who sail in them.
[close-up of the Royal Navy ensign]

[first lines]
Voice: [voiceover] This is the story of a ship...
[long sequence of ship-building and launch]

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The idea for the film sprang out of Noel Coward's friendship with Winston Churchill (the two often painted together) and his desire to do something more substantial than urbane comedies to help the war effort for his friend. Coward acutely felt that with the coming of war, the world of which he wrote - bright young things scampering around drawing rooms - was a world that no longer existed.
Several scenes of Torrin underway are of K-class destroyer HMS Kashmir (F12). The scene of Torrin under tow includes 1940 newsreel footage of Lord Mountbatten's heavily-damaged K-class destroyer HMS Kelly. Both ships were sunk by German dive bombers on 23 May 1941 during operations off Crete.
The actors hated the scenes where they were hanging onto the life raft: a combination of weeks spent in cold oil-slicked water, under hot lights in soaked clothing meant that it was a particularly smelly experience.
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