• United Kingdom
  • 1942
  • 114 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #604

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.

Cast

Captain “D” KinrossNoël Coward
Shorty BlakeJohn Mills
Walter HardyBernard Miles
AlixCelia Johnson
FridaKay Walsh
KathJoyce Carey
Number 1Derek Elphinstone
Young stokerRichard Attenborough

Credits

DirectorDavid Lean and Noël Coward
ProducerNoël Coward
ScreenplayNoël Coward
Photographed byRonald Neame
Associate producerAnthony Havelock-Allan
Musical scoreNoël Coward
Conducted byMuir Mathieson and The London Symphony Orchestra
Art directorDavid Rawnsley
Film editorThelma Myers

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer of the BFI National Archive’s 2008 restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview about the film with Noël Coward scholar Barry Day
  • A Profile of “In Which We Serve,” a short documentary from 2000 on the making of the film
  • Audio recording of a 1969 conversation between actor Richard Attenborough and Coward at London’s National Film Theatre
  • Trailer

Film Essays

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In Which We Serve: Battle Stations

By Terrence RaffertyMarch 27, 2012

Though fashioned as Allied propaganda, Noël Coward and David Lean’s wartime saga was and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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When Noël Met David . . .

By Ian ChristieMarch 27, 2012

In which an already iconic playwright comes to appreciate cinema and a soon-to-be legendary . . . Read more »


Film Essays

In Which We Serve

By Bruce EderSeptember 25, 1995

In Which We Serve began one of the greatest director/author collaborations in cinema, that of . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Currentthumb_345_135_thumbnail

In Which We Serve: Battle Stations

By Terrence RaffertyMarch 27, 2012

Though fashioned as Allied propaganda, Noël Coward and David Lean’s wartime saga was and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Current_thumb_345_085_thumbnail

When Noël Met David . . .

By Ian ChristieMarch 27, 2012

In which an already iconic playwright comes to appreciate cinema and a soon-to-be legendary . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries


News

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Noël Coward in New York

March 07, 2012

A celebration of one of the great cosmopolites of the twentieth century, in one of the . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

In Which We Serve

By Bruce EderSeptember 25, 1995

In Which We Serve began one of the greatest director/author collaborations in cinema, that of . . . Read more »