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In Which We Serve (1942)

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Noel Coward Noel Coward
Captain E. V. Kinross R.N.
John Mills John Mills
Ordinary Seaman Shorty Blake
Bernard Miles Bernard Miles
Chief Petty Officer Walter Hardy
Celia Johnson Celia Johnson
Mrs. Alix Kinross
Kay Walsh Kay Walsh
Freda Lewis
Joyce Carey Joyce Carey
Mrs. Kath Hardy

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A good movie

7 years, 9 months ago at Mar 21 16:40
To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was David Lean’s directing debut, I was really eager to check it out. Indeed, it is very old, more than 70 years old as a matter of fact, and yet it is still pretty good even compared to more current movies. Basically, it follows a British Naval ship and you get to see the tale going from its construction to its sin... read more


4 years, 2 months ago at Oct 4 16:00
Noel Coward's patriotic service, high standard, not one yellow fellow but Attenborough who is redeemed by death. Perfect exercise for Lean. Nice lines, best of all, Celia Johnson about ship before woman and family. Nice touches on low and middle classes homes.
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This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft.
Release date: 23 December 1942
UPC: 027616911186
Tags: War (6), Drama (5), World War II (4), Family Relationships (2), 1942 (2), War Ship (2), Action (2), Relationships (2), High Seas (1), Action/adventure (1), HQ (1), Dramas (1), Ships (1), 40's (1), Noel Coward (1), Human Relationships (1), British (1), Naval Warfare (1), 501 Must-See (1), 1940s (1)
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" As a war propaganda movie it is probably the best of the bunch I have seen as the story feels 100% authentic and the war footage and action are realistic - spliced together with real footage from WW2 at the time. The flashbacks used give the movie a "Citizen Kane" effect as we get to see the life of several character as they fight for their lives on a floating lifeboat in the sea. Some excellent editing and a couple of scenes hint on David Lean's later films, especially "Brief Encounter". It ca"

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