The story of a ship and her crew comes under the focus of Phil Jarman as he reviews the dramatic wartime propaganda film, ‘In Which We Serve.

REAL TO REEL Great British War Films

Noel Coward looking every bit the Captain of a Royal Navy destroyer flotilla.

During the dark days of the Second World War, and before the tide eventually turned in favour of the Allies, the renowned actor and songwriter Noel Coward collaborated with an up and coming film editor, David Lean, to create one of the most memorable films to have inspired audiences for decades with its sheer power and entertainment value.

Made during 1942, ‘In Which We Serve’ is a patriotic film describing the story of a Royal Navy destroyer and her crew. The narrative was inspired by the wartime exploits of Captain Lord Louis Mountbatten who commanded HMS Kelly until the ship’s sinking during the battle for Crete in May 1941.

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