In Which We Serve – great propaganda and a ripping yarn

The film remains a classic example of wartime British cinema through its patriotic imagery of national unity and social cohesion within the context of the war.

The screenplay by Coward was inspired by the exploits of Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was in command of the destroyer HMS Kelly when it was sunk during the Battle of Crete.
The screenplay by Coward was inspired by the exploits of Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was in command of the destroyer HMS Kelly when it was sunk during the Battle of Crete.

In Which We Serve is without doubt one of those essential films for every war collector – a real period piece!

The poster for the film screamed “The greatest motion picture of our time! “

Made in 1942, this epic British patriotic war film was directed by Noël Coward and David Lean.

The screenplay by Coward was inspired by the exploits of Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten, who was in command of the destroyer HMS Kelly when it was sunk during the Battle of Crete.

Coward's political views were conservative, but not unswervingly so: he despised the government of Neville Chamberlain for its policy of appeasing Nazi Germany, and he differed sharply with Winston Churchill over the abdication crisis of 1936.
Coward’s political views were conservative, but not unswervingly so: he despised the government of Neville Chamberlain for its policy of appeasing Nazi Germany, and he differed sharply with Winston Churchill over the abdication crisis of 1936.

Coward composed the film’s music as well as starring in the film as the ship’s captain.

The film also starred John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson and Richard Attenborough in his first screen role.

In Which We Serve received the full backing of the Ministry of Information, which offered advice on what would make good propaganda and facilitated the release of military personnel.

The film remains a classic example of wartime British cinema through its patriotic imagery of national unity and social cohesion within the context of the war.

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