In Which We Serve

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In the midst of World War II, the renowned playwright Noël Coward engaged a young film editor named David Lean to help him realize his vision for an action drama about a group of Royal Navy sailors (roles that would be filled by Coward himself, Bernard... read more
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In the midst of World War II, the renowned playwright Noël Coward engaged a young film editor named David Lean to help him realize his vision for an action drama about a group of Royal Navy sailors (roles that would be filled by Coward himself, Bernard Miles, and John Mills, among others) fighting the Germans in the Mediterranean. Coward and Lean ended up codirecting the large-scale project—an impressive undertaking, especially considering that neither of them had directed for the big screen before (this would be Coward’s only such credit). Cutting between a major naval battle and flashbacks to the men’s lives before they left home, In Which We Serve (an Oscar nominee for best picture) was a major breakthrough for both filmmakers and a sensitive and stirring piece of propaganda.

Original Release

09/17/1942

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Cast

John Mills Ordinary Seaman Shorty Blake
Richard Attenborough Young Stoker
Noël Coward Capt. E.V. Kinross R.N. - Captain 'D' (as Noel Coward)
Bernard Miles Chief Petty Officer Walter Hardy
Celia Johnson Mrs. Alix Kinross
Kay Walsh Freda Lewis
Derek Elphinstone No. 1
Michael Wilding Flags
Robert Sansom Guns
Philip Friend Torps
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Noël Coward, David Lean

Writers

Noël Coward

Cast

John Mills Ordinary Seaman Shorty Blake
Richard Attenborough Young Stoker
Noël Coward Capt. E.V. Kinross R.N. - Captain 'D' (as Noel Coward)
Bernard Miles Chief Petty Officer Walter Hardy
Celia Johnson Mrs. Alix Kinross
Kay Walsh Freda Lewis
Derek Elphinstone No. 1
Michael Wilding Flags
Robert Sansom Guns
Philip Friend Torps
Chimmo Branson Midshipman
Ballard Berkeley Engineer Commander
James Donald Doc
Caven Watson Brodie
Kenneth Carten Sub-Lieutenant R.N.V.R.
Michael Whittaker Sub
Frederick Piper Edgecombe
Lionel Grose Reynolds
Leslie Dwyer Parkinson
Joyce Carey Mrs. Kath Hardy

Producers

Editors

Thelma Connell, David Lean

1944 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1944 Oscar Best Writing, Original Screenplay Nominated
1943 Oscar Won
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