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UK 1942
Directed by
David Lean / Noel Coward
115 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars

In Which We Serve

Writer and co-director, Coward was at the height of his popularity when he turned in this war-time flag-waver. The studio heads were nevertheless pretty reluctant when he gave himself the lead role, given his reputation as a playboy. As it turned out the film was a huge success in its time and is probably Coward's best screen work as an actor.

Full of Coward's deliciously toffy dialogue and frightfully English characters this "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, told in flash-backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft somehow manages to work. Many of the stalwarts of British cinema of this period, and who also appeared in other Coward films, are here including John MiIls, Richard Attenborough and Celia Johnson.




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