In Which We Serve

TitleIn Which We Serve
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1942
AuthorsCoward, Noel, and David Lean
Running Time115 min
Date Released12/1942
DistributorBritish Lion Film
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication LanguageEnglish

This British war propaganda film made with the assistance of the Ministry of Information in the midst of the Second World War highlights and encourages national unity during the struggle. The film  tells the story of a British naval ship, the HMS Torrin, from its construction to its sinking in the Mediterranean in 1941. 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 their country and  to themselves. The men face daunting challenges at sea and  at home: they lose  shipmates in action and  loved ones at home in Blitz. Throughout it all, the men of the Torrin serve valiantly and heroically.


Noël Coward

John Mills

Bernard Miles

Celia Johnson


Janus Films, Granada International, British Lion Film Corp. Ltd. presents

a Two Cities film by Noël Coward

produced by Noël Coward

Directed by Noël Coward and David Lean

Screenplay by Noël Coward

Art director, David Rawnsley

Editor, Thelma Myers

set dressing, Norman Delaney

musical score conducted by Muir Mathieson with the London Symphony Orchestra

cinematography by Ronald Neame

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Film inspired by the destruction of the HMS Kelly during the Battle of Crete. 

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