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“In Which We Serve”

In 1942, the film “In Which We Serve” was released, it was written, produced, co-directed and starred Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973) and loosely told the story of HMS Kelly’s exploits.  The main character (Captain Kinross) was played by Coward – Mountbatten’s friend, and during the film he wore Mountbatten’s actual cap and used his actual words in the dramatic scenes.  The film was a great success and starred other such British theatrical names such as Dame Celia Johnson, DBE (1908-1982), Sir John Mills, CBE (1908-2005), Sir Bernard Miles, CBE, later Lord Miles (1907-1991) and Sir Richard Attenborough, CBE, later Lord Attenborough (1923-2014) and earned Coward an Honorary Oscar. The film was thought to be so realistic about Navy life that the Royal Navy showed the film to new recruits throughout World War II (1939-1945).  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.


Poster for Sir Noël Coward’s film



Sir Noël Coward (as Captain Kinross)


Sir John Mills

as A/S “Shorty” Blake


Lord (Richard) Attenborough

(uncredited)

in his first film role


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“In Which We Serve” click HERE