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

Good heavens, no. She was only doing 20.

- But she can do more than that, can't she?

- You bet she can.

Take the car round.

Then give Ellen a hand with dinner.

- Good evening, Edgecombe.

- Evening ma'am.

I hope it's a good dinner. I'm starving.

- Can I tell him what it is, Mummy?

- It's a surprise. She mustn't spoil it.

- Bobby, keep still. How long have you got?

- Till the morning.

Can we come to the dockyard?

No, son. We're commissioning,

making a rush job of it.

- But Mummy promised...

- That's enough. You heard Daddy.

But we shall be able to come on board

before you go, shan't we?

- Well, we'll make time somehow.

- When, Daddy? When?

Bobby, don't be so persistent.

Children, it's dreadfully late.

You really will have to go to bed.

Oh, Mummy.

Daddy will come up and say good night

if you're quick.

But I want to hear about the ship.

I'll tell you about it in the morning.

You can fire as many questions as you like.

Be good, do as your mother tells you,

and go to bed.

- Can I ask questions, too?

- You never do anything else.

Go on. Off you go, both of you.

- I'll be up in ten minutes. Promise.

- Promise?

- Are you coming up, too, Mummy?

- Yes.

Come on, Lavvy, I'll race you.

Wait. That's not fair!

They've been wild with excitement all day.

Darling, you must be exhausted.

I'll get you a drink.

Whisky and soda or a cocktail?

As it's a gala evening,

let's have a Kinross special.

I guessed it. It's all ready, only wants the ice.

I made a private bet

that you'd forget the Cointreau.

Wrong again.

I had a sort of feeling this was an occasion.

Were the trials satisfactory?

Were you pleased?

More than pleased. She's a lovely ship.

Does what she's told without a murmur.

Why are you making a rush job

of the commissioning?

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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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