In Which We ServeIn Which We Serve
is a 1942 war film
which 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 Mountbatten, who commanded a destroyer flotilla amd was 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.
Noel Coward wrote, directed and starred in the movie. Other actors, 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.