In Which We Serve
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In Which We Serve
Few morale-boosting wartime films have retained their power and entertainment value as emphatically as NoŽl 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 destroyer Torrin. Torpedoed in battle, the Torrin miraculously survives, and is brought… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"No less than half a dozen credits for this film go to Noel Coward. And they're well earned."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Noel Coward performed with unexpected brilliance here as co-director, writer, musical composer, and star of this stirring WWII drama."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Staged with what passed at the time for honest understatement, it now looks impossibly patronising, the epitome of stiff upper lip."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"... an accomplished, sincere, and moving piece of filmmaking that honors the characters and involves the audience."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"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"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's dated, but still holds up as one of the better flagwavers."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sentimental, to be sure, and a tad too stiff-upper-lipped at times, but it is a moving portrait of a navy destroyer, the men who served on it."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"One of the most eloquent motion pictures of these or any other times had its American premiťre at the Capitol Theatre last night."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Noel Coward, who also co-directed and wrote the script, brings weight and dignity to the role of Captain Kinross."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Coward is at his peak in this patriotic, thoughtful WWII British production."
‑ Steve Crum,
"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."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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