In Which We Serve

Synopsis: This is the story of a British Naval ship, HMS Torrin, from its construction to its sinking in the Mediterranean during action in World War II. The ship's first and only commanding officer is the experienced Captain E.V. Kinross who trains his men not only to be loyal to him but to the country and most importantly, to themselves. They face challenges at sea and also at home. They lose some of their shipmates in action and some of their loved ones in the devastation that is the blitz. Throughout it all, the men of the Torrin serve valiantly and heroically.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Noël Coward, David Lean
Production: MCA Universal Home Video
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

I can't hear myself think.

Aye aye. sir

Tell No.1 to fall in the hands

on the quarterdeck.

Shall we have it on the desk or the shelf, sir?

Shelf. We'll have the usual one on the desk.

- Wedding dress, sir?

- Yes.

- It's here, sir.

- Good. Give it to me.

- Mr Satterthwaite's coming on board, sir.

- Is No.1 bringing him down? Hands all aft?

(Knock at door)

Mr Satterthwaite, sir.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

- Everything in order?

- Certainly.

We'd better get this little ceremony over.

- Were you satisfied with the trial?

- Yes, she's a well-found ship.

We'll be hoisting the ensign

in a couple of minutes, Edgecombe.

- Now, then.

- Are you prepared to take over the ship, sir?

Yes, I'll sign for her now.

Watch your head, sir.

Watch your head, sir.

Watch your head, sir.


- You can smoke if you like.

- Thank you, sir.

- Will you have one, sir?

- No, thanks, not at the moment.

- Heard from your missus?

- I had a letter last week.

- One of the usuals, full of complaints.

- What's wrong?

Her mother was took bad

and had to go to hospital.

That old woman's always in trouble.

I think she enjoys it.

What's the matter with her?

Last time it was her back,

this time it's her stomach.

It seems she can't keep anything down.

It's not for want of trying.

- You'll be glad to be going to sea.

- To put it mildly, sir!

- Darling! I thought you were never coming.

- Everything under control?

Far from it. We've been in an uproar all day

since your telegram came.


Hello, Bobby.

- We've been waiting for hours.

- Mummy wanted us to go to bed.

- We saw the ship, Daddy.

- We took our tea on the cliffs and saw it go by.

- Not "it", Lavvy. Her.

- That's right.

She looked beautiful, Teddy.

How fast was she going? Was it 40 knots?

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Noël Coward

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise".Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works (including the operetta Bitter Sweet and comic revues), screenplays, poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward's stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works. At the outbreak of the Second World War Coward volunteered for war work, running the British propaganda office in Paris. He also worked with the Secret Service, seeking to use his influence to persuade the American public and government to help Britain. Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval film drama, In Which We Serve, and was knighted in 1969. In the 1950s he achieved fresh success as a cabaret performer, performing his own songs, such as "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", "London Pride" and "I Went to a Marvellous Party". Coward's plays and songs achieved new popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, and his work and style continue to influence popular culture. He did not publicly acknowledge his homosexuality, but it was discussed candidly after his death by biographers including Graham Payn, his long-time partner, and in Coward's diaries and letters, published posthumously. The former Albery Theatre (originally the New Theatre) in London was renamed the Noël Coward Theatre in his honour in 2006. more…

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