In Which We Serve (1942)
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Few morale-boosting wartime films have retained their power and entertainment value as emphatically as Noël Coward's In Which We Serve. To witness Coward's sober, no-nonsense direction (in collaboration with his co-director/editor, David Lean) and to watch his straightforward portrayal of navy captain Kinross, one would never suspect that he'd built his theatrical reputation upon sophisticated drawing-room comedies and brittle, witty song lyrics. The real star of In Which We Serve is the British
Oct 16, 1942 Wide
Mar 20, 2007
MCA Universal Home Video
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Ordinary Seaman Shorty ...
Chief Petty Officer Wal...
Sub. Lieut. R.N.V.R.
Capt. Jasper Fry
No less than half a dozen credits for this film go to Noel Coward. And they're well earned.
Staged with what passed at the time for honest understatement, it now looks impossibly patronising, the epitome of stiff upper lip.
One of the most eloquent motion pictures of these or any other times had its American premiére at the Capitol Theatre last night.
Perhaps the most honored propaganda film of World War II, in which the survivors of a torpedoed British battleship recall their reasons for fighting through individual flashbacks.
... an accomplished, sincere, and moving piece of filmmaking that honors the characters and involves the audience.
Noel Coward, who also co-directed and wrote the script, brings weight and dignity to the role of Captain Kinross.
a particularly memorable World War II British propaganda film, having successfully outlived its initial propagandistic value and solidified into a timelessly moving drama of human determination and tenacity
Though agit-prop and sentimental, this UK WWII drama is superior to Hollywood's patriotic flagwavers, and it's important historically, featuring the directorial debut of David Lean (with Noel Coward), who became a major international figure in the 1950s
Coward is at his peak in this patriotic, thoughtful WWII British production.
Noel Coward performed with unexpected brilliance here as co-director, writer, musical composer, and star of this stirring WWII drama.
Coward's tribute to the Royal Navy during World War II is as stirring as it is human. He puts a face on war and those who fight it.
In Which We Serve is not only one of the greatest of all British war movies but also marks the mighty David Lean's first major contribution to cinema.
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