In Which We Serve
In Which We Serve (1942)

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,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 16, 1942
DVD Release Date: March 20, 2007
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Variety Staff

No less than half a dozen credits for this film go to Noel Coward. And they're well earned.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Staged with what passed at the time for honest understatement, it now looks impossibly patronising, the epitome of stiff upper lip.

Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... an accomplished, sincere, and moving piece of filmmaking that honors the characters and involves the audience.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

One of the most eloquent motion pictures of these or any other times had its American premiťre at the Capitol Theatre last night.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Noel Coward, who also co-directed and wrote the script, brings weight and dignity to the role of Captain Kinross.

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Steve Crum

Coward is at his peak in this patriotic, thoughtful WWII British production.

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John Ballantine
A call to arms for young men unsure about their participation in the war effort which borders on propaganda but it is nonetheless uplifting enough to rally the… More
cody franklin
A good British war film about a stranded crew of a British Destroyer on a life raft. The whole film is told in flashbacks and that is what I think hurts the… More
Alec Barniskis
A lot of the film is standard wartime propaganda stuff, however Coward's screenplay still manages to find moments of serious humanity in the central… More
Daniel Dolgin
Fun fact: In Which we Serve used condoms as bullets. This war film directed by David Lean and partner Noel Coward had a lot of cool moments and ideas. If you… More