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 like getting things done quickly.

- Is that the only reason?

We're living in strange times, darling.

It's as well to be prepared.

Yes, I suppose it is.

It's nothing to worry about.

No, of course not.

Here, try this. It may be a bit too sweet.

My love.

My love.

Just right, not a bit too sweet.

Miss me?

Of course not. I never gave you a thought.

What's the surprise for dinner?

Grouse. Maureen sent us a brace

from Scotland.

There's a girl of fine perception.

They're a bit high, but I expect you'll like that.

Is that a new dress?

Oh, no, darling. I've had it for ages.

- I swear I've never clapped eyes on it before.

- Only about 20 times, my love.

Perhaps it's you that looked new.

As good as new, anyway.

- Is there going to be a war, do you think?

- Yes, I think there is.


No good worrying about it till it comes.

Not much good then, really.


Don't be sad.

I'm not sad, really. I'm just sort of...

gathering myself together.

- Any more Kinross special left in the shaker?

- Yes, of course.

However busy you are, and however quickly

you've got to get your commissioning done,

I should like to come on board just once

before you go to sea to give the ship my love.

You'll have to.

My cabin's got to be made presentable.

- Is the chintz all right?

- First class.

Good. We'd better drink these up quickly

and go up to the children.

Dinner will be ready in a minute.

Here we go.

Here we go.

Swim to the float.

Swim to the float.

(Coughing and spluttering)


(Aircraft returns)

(Aircraft flies over)


I've got some brandy in my Gieves.




Here's the paper, dear.

I shan't have time

to do more than look at the headlines.

- There you are, then.

- It don't look too good, does it?

Oh, you can't believe anything they say.

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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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