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

This is the story of a ship


(Bosun's whistle)

Ship's company...'shun!

Turn aft, right and left.


- Open fire!

- Open fire!


Look at the Huns, sir. They're jumping

overboard in full marching order.

Look at that. Come in, the water's lovely!

Look at'em. Somebody must have

blown a whistle. Layer on.

There are a lot more caques to port, sir,

and some bigger transports.

Shift to the big transports.

Aye aye, sir. Check, check, check.

Shift target right. Follow TBI.


Can I fire torpedoes at the transports?

All right, get your old mouldies off,

but not more than two at any transport.

Flags, make to the division.

Train tubes to port.

- Ready port.

- Main office, make Tommy Tommy port.


That's got'em!

- Shoot when you see the whites of their eyes.

- 0-3-5. 1-0 left


- Fire one!

- Fire one!

- Fire two!

- Fire two!

Torpedoes fired, sir.

Our fish have hit, sir,

and one transport has blown up.

There goes another.

Big stuff.

The rest of the division are doing well.

Must be an enemy destroyer, sir.

- Right, engage her.

- Aye aye, sir.

Check check check.

Shift target left Follow TBI.

Take this. It was my mother's.


- Trainer on.

- Layer on.

- Left gun ready.

- Right gun ready.

0-4-0. 1-0 left.

I'll lay you 10-1 they're all Germans.

You'd never get the Macaronis to tackle

a job like that, not for love nor money.

The Eyeties will do anything for money.

Anything but fight.

That's why they were so lousy in the last war.

That's on account of their warm,

languorous southern temperament.

- Cocoa, sir.

- Thanks, Snotty.

Thank you.

Here comes the dawn of a new day, Flags.

It could be an uncomfortable one.

Yes, sir. It's a very pretty sky, sir.

Somebody sent me a calendar rather like that.

- Did it have a squadron of Dorniers on it?

- No, sir.

- That's where art parts company with reality.

- You're right, sir.

- Cigarette?

- Thanks.

Aircraft in sight astern, sir.

Angle of sight 2-0.

Looks like a couple of squadrons

of Junkers 88's.

- Starboard 20.

- Aye aye, sir. Starboard 20.

- One blast on the siren.

- Aye aye, sir.


Aircraft in sight, bearing green 1-7-0.

Angle of sight 2-0.

Short-range weapons. Aircraft in sight.

Stand by for dive bombers.

Open fire!


The first wave are diving now.

Hard a-port.

- Sound two blasts.

- Aye aye, sir.

All guns, sector independent.

Down, ovo rybody

Hard a-starboard.

We got one. Try and get two next time.

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

All guns shift to the next wave. Red 1-4-0.

Short-range weapons.

Shift to the next wave. Bearing red 1-4-0.

- Hard a-starboard.

- Hard a-starboard.

- Sound one blast.

- Aye aye, sir.


We've winged that one.

Down, ovo rybody!


Aye aye, sir. Midships.

There's another wave on the port side, sir.


- Hard a-starboard.

- Hard a-starboard, sir.

(Rapid gunfire)

The leader of this wave

is coming much lower, sir.

He'll probably hit our mast.

Well done.

We've got him, but I'm afraid he's got us too.


Midships, sir.

- Carry on firing. Here comes the next wave.

- All guns are still in action.

Stop both.

No answer from the engine room, sir.

The telegraphs must be shot away.

I'm afraid we're going over.

Pass the word to cast loose the Carley floats.

(Gunfire and explosions)

Abandon ship!


I'll sign for her now i'll sign for her now.

I'll sign for her now i'll sign for her now.

- Has Satterthwaite been sighted?

- No, sir, but it's just on ten o'clock.


Stop that hammering, Edgecombe.

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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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