Screenwriter and actor Noël Coward got co-directing credit, but most consider the 1942 In Which We Serve a David Lean film. Based loosely on the true adventures of Louis Mountbatten, the rah-rah Serve chronicles life on board a fictional wartime destroyer, the HMS Torrin, which survived one torpedo attack only to be sunk in later action off the shores of Crete. As the survivors cling to wreckage after the Torrin is sunk, they remember the lives they left behind to serve their country and the importance of their mission.
In Which We Serve was released during WWII when films were expected to support the troops and bolster the morale of the people at home. Youll see some fine acting, a realistic depiction of life on a destroyer and well-done action scenes, and all of them with one message: Do your duty. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-639-7515 or visit www.mfah.org/films. $6 to $7.
Fri., Jan. 9, 7 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 10, 7 p.m., 2009