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In Which We Serve

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In Which We Serve is a 1942 war film written and directed by, and starring, Noel Coward.

The film tells the story of the British destroyer HMS Torrin, as told in flashbacks by the survivors as they cling to a life raft. The story is loosely based on the exploits of Lord Louis Mountbatten, who commanded the destroyer HMS Kelly, sunk during the battle of Crete.

The characters reflect British society of the time, deeply divided by class or by sex. Nevertheless, each man and woman is dedicated to doing what they must to make it through the war. The one exception is a sailor who runs away from his gun during a battle; he is haunted by his cowardice.

The cast included Richard Attenborough, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson, Ann Stephens and Daniel Massey.

It won an Honorary Academy Award, presented to Coward for "his outstanding production achievement". It was also nominated for Oscars for Best Picture and Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

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