In Which We Serve

In Which We Serve is a 1942 British patriotic war film directed by Noël Coward and David Lean. It was made during the Second World War with the assistance of the Ministry of Information.


The film opens with the narration: "This is the story of a ship". In 1941, HMS Torrin, engages German transports in a night-time action during the Battle of Crete. But at dawn, the destroyer comes under attack from German bombers. A critical hit forces the crew to abandon ship as it rapidly capsizes. Some of the officers and ratings manage to find a Carley float while being intermittently strafed by passing German planes.


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    award Academy Honorary Award National Board of Review Award for Best Film National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation Crete
    director David Lean Noël Coward
    editor Thelma Connell
    events World War II
    genre drama
    keywords abandon ship academy award for best original screenplay academy awards act admiralty alexandria ann elwell ann stephens anthony havelock-allan argentine film critics association award for best foreign film argentine film critics association awards battle of britain battle of crete battle of narvik battleship bedfordshire best english language film of the year best original screenplay best picture blithe spirit bosley crowther british cinema british expeditionary force buckinghamshire carley float carlton carlton communications casablanca cast and crew christmas eve cinematographer cinematography coldstream guards create denham studios dress dunkirk evacuation dunstable downs end filippo del giudice film film critic film director film makers film project filmed on location filmmaking first assistant director first film foreign film george carney hmnb devonport home fleet hubert gregg intelligence officer isle of portland kill life raft lighting technician look making of metro-goldwyn-mayer mgm michael redgrave motion pictures move national board of review awards 1942 national board of review of motion pictures naval base naval dockyard naval officer naval rating new york film critics circle award for best film new york times newsreel newsreel footage officer operation dynamo pass phoney war plymouth plymouth blitz plymouth hoe portsmouth princess o\'rourke project a rat rating region 2 rescue ronald neame royal family royal navy run scapa flow shoot smeaton\'s tower strafe survive the making of the national the new york times torpedo two cities films variety walk walter fitzgerald want war effort west west indies william hartnell wound write
    musicBy Clifton Parker Noël Coward
    nomination Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay
    producer Noël Coward
    publisher British Lion Film Corporation United Artists
    theme war