Noel Coward (Capt. Kinross), John Mills (Shorty Blake),
Bernard Miles (Walter Hardy), Celia Johnson (Alix Kinross), Kay Walsh (Freda Lewis)
The story of a WWII destroyer told in a series of
flashback vignettes from the point of view of a group of survivors lost at sea after the boat was sunk by an enemy torpedo.
Based partly on the experiences of Louis Mountbatten, this
archetypal British flagwaver proved to be a hugely popular propaganda piece and though many elements are dated now, it found the perfect audience when it was released during
Considered to be the film which launched David Lean's
career, it's more a labour of love for Noel Coward, who starred, produced, wrote, composed and co-directed.