Naval Film, "In Which We Serve"

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Information – in the House of Commons on 9th December 1942.

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Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

asked the Minister of Information in what respects the American film censor has asked for alteration or deletion in the dialogue of the British naval film "In Which We serve" sent to America for exhibition?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I am told that the Censorship Office of the American film industry has taken exception to certain expressions put into the mouths of sailors in this film. The producers and distributors of the film take the view that these expressions are seamanlike and appropriate.

Photo of Commander Sir Archibald Southby Commander Sir Archibald Southby , Epsom

Has my right hon. Friend's attention been drawn to a report that some cuts are being asked for on the ground that Italian susceptibilities in the United States might be offended? Observing that the film gained universal approbation in this country, will my right hon. Friend see that a film which has pleased the British people is shown to the American people just as it is?

Photo of Mr Brendan Bracken Mr Brendan Bracken , Paddington North

I have no right to give orders to the American film censors. I would not dream of doing so. But I think you can leave it to the American Press and the American public to see that the squeamishness and old-maiden-aunt-like apprehensions of these Hollywood censors are overcome.

Photo of Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson Mr Oliver Locker-Lampson , Birmingham Handsworth

Can my right hon. Friend say what the words are?

Photo of Major Sir Frank Markham Major Sir Frank Markham , Nottingham South

Is my right hon. Friend aware that films showing British troops in action are always silent films?