In Which We Serve (1942) DVD9
In Which We Serve was partially based on an actual disaster in the Royal Navy, and employed a semi-documentary style and a striking flashback structure in the storytelling. German torpedoes sink the British destroyer, HMS Torrin, and several survivors struggle to an inflatable lifeboat. While Luftwaffe planes crisscross the ocean and strafe the men, three of the survivors recall their time aboard the ship and their families at home. Seaman Shorty Blake (John Mills) thinks of his courtship with Freda (Kay Walsh). Chief Petty Officer Hardy (Bernard Miles) recalls his wife Katherine (Joyce Carey), bravely standing up to the London blitz. Capt. Edward Kinross (Coward) himself thinks back on his family - especially his wife Alix (Celia Johnson), who knew that she would always have a rival for her husband's attentions -the Torrin. The writing and playing in the domestic scenes are quintessentially British; while the mannerisms of the various couples depicted may all be differentiated by class, they nevertheless share a common trait - all put on a game face and unhesitatingly put duty before the pursuit of personal happiness.

DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 01:49:56 | 6.77 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama, War

Directors: Noel Coward, David Lean
Cast: Noel Coward, John Mills, Derek Elphinstone, Michael Wilding, Robert Sansom, Philip Friend
Country: UK

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