In Which We Serve

Date: 1942
Director: Noël Coward & David Lean
Production Company: Two Cities Films

Stars: Noël Coward, John Mills, Kay Walsh, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson, Joyce Carey, Derek Elphinstone, Michael Wilding, Robert Sansom, Philip Friend, Chimmo Branson, Ballard Berkeley, Hubert Gregg, James Donald, Michael Whittaker
Location(s): London, Devon, Tyne and Wear

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Storyline:

Noel Coward co-directed, wrote and starred in this patriotic World War II drama about a destroyer, told through flashbacks and the reminiscences of the surviving crew after their beloved ship is torpedoed.

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Screen captures by Dave Wilson.

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This is a tale about a ship. According to various internet sources, this is a shipyard in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Apparently this ship is being launched in Newcastle upon Tyne. Exact location name currently unsure.

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Ordinary Seaman Shorty Blake (John Mills) and Freda Lewis (Kay Walsh) got to know each other on the train that now pulls into, presumably, Paddington in London. Station location needs clarification.

Whilst on their honeymoon, 'Shorty' Blake and Freda sit overlooking Plymouth Hoe. Smeaton's Tower is to the left. It can also be seen in the 1982 film 'Remembrance' and glimpsed in the 1965 film 'The Uncle'.

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Bench has gone but there are pretty flags instead!

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Freda Lewis (Kay Walsh) & Mrs. Kath Hardy (Joyce Carey) have said the goodbyes to their chaps and walk away from the Naval gate. Some internet sources claim this was filmed in front of Devonport's original main entrance, the Keyham Dock Gate, in Plymouth. However I think it looks like a studio shot. As the camera moves at various points in the scene, the sky in the background through the gate doesn't seem to move. This would indicate it is probably a translight (a large illuminated film backing typically used as a backdrop), rather than a real location. Plus the ground layout seems to be totally flat, which as the real location is not quite as universally level.

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