In Which We Serve

In Which We Serve

Director: David Lean Cast: Noël Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles

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Overview

Few morale-boosting wartime films have retained their power and entertainment value as emphatically as Noël Coward's In Which We Serve. To witness Coward's sober, no-nonsense direction (in collaboration with his co-director/editor, David Lean) and to watch his straightforward portrayal of navy captain Kinross, one would never suspect that he'd built his theatrical reputation upon sophisticated drawing-room comedies and brittle, witty song lyrics. The real star of In Which We Serve is the British destroyer Torrin. Torpedoed in battle, the Torrin miraculously survives, and is brought back to English shores to be repaired. The paint is barely dry and the nuts and bolts barely in place before the Torrin is pressed into duty during the Dunkirk evacuation. The noble vessel is finally sunk after being dive-bombed in Crete, but many of the crew members survive. As they cling to the wreckage awaiting rescue, Coward and his men flash back to their homes and loved ones, and, in so doing, recall anew just why they're fighting and for whom they're fighting. Next to Coward, the single most important of the film's characters is Shorty Blake, played by John Mills. (Trivia note: Mills' infant daughter Juliet Mills appears as Shorty's baby.) Even so, the emphasis in the film is on teamwork; here as elsewhere, there can be no stars in wartime. For many years, the only prints available to television were from the bowdlerized American version, which crudely cut out all "hells" and "damns." Fortunately, this eviscerated American release has since been shelved in favor of the full, glorious 115-minute version.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2015
UPC: 0644827143429
Original Release: 1942
Source: Reel Vault
Sales rank: 5,807

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Noël Coward Captain Kinross
John Mills Ordinary Seaman Shorty Blake
Bernard Miles Chief Petty Officer Walter Hardy
Celia Johnson Alix Kinross
Joyce Carey Mrs. Hardy
Kay Walsh Freda Lewis
Derek Elphinstone Number One
Richard Attenborough Young Sailor
Robert Sansom "Guns"
Michael Wilding "Flags"
Philip Friend "Torps"
Ballard Berkeley Engineer Commander
James Donald Doctor
George Carney Mr. Blake
Kathleen Harrison Mrs. Blake
Hubert Gregg Pilot
Kenneth Carton Sub. Lieut. R.N.V.R.
Geraldo's Orchestra Themselves
Brefni O'Rorke Dr. Drake
Kay Young Barmaid
Michael Whittaker Sub
John Varley Secco
Caven Watson Brodie
Geoffrey Hibbert Joey Mackeridge
Frederick Piper Edgecombe
Lionel Grose Reynolds
Leslie Dwyer Parkinson
Charles Russell Fisher
John Singer Moran
Robert Moreton Coombe
John Boxer Hollett
Walter Fitzgerald Col. Lumsden
Gerald Case Capt. Jasper Fry
Daniel Massey Bobby Kinross
Ann Stephens Lavinia Kinross
Dora Gregory Mrs. Lemmon
Penelope Dudley-Ward Maureen Fenwick
Barbara Waring Mrs. Macadoo
Eileen Peel Mrs. Farrell
Lesley Osmond Nell Fosdick
Wally Patch Uncle Fred
Everley Gregg Nurse
Roddy Hughes Photographer
Norman Pierce Mr. Satterthwaite
Juliet Mills Frieda's Baby
Johnnie Schofield Coxswain

Technical Credits
Noël Coward Director,Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter
David Lean Director,Editor
Anthony Havelock-Allan Associate Producer
Thelma Myers Editor
Ronald Neame Cinematographer
Tony Sforzini Makeup
Sydney Streeter Production Manager
Douglas Woolsey Special Effects

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