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Destroyer (1943)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 19 August 1943 (USA)
A new World War 2 battleship fails its fighting trials so it is assigned to mail runs , but the crew ends up having to engage Japanese planes and a submarine, anyway.

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Steve Boleslavski (as Edward G.Robinson)
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Mickey Donohue
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Kansus Jackson
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Sarecky
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Lt. Cmdr. Clark
Edward Brophy ...
Casey (as Ed Brophy)
Warren Ashe ...
Lt. Marton
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Flagwaving story of a new American destroyer, the JOHN PAUL JONES, from the day her keel is laid, to what was very nearly her last voyage. Among the crew, is Steve Boleslavski, a shipyard welder that helped build her, who reenlists, with his old rank of Chief boatswain's mate. After failing her sea trials, she is assigned to the mail run, until caught up in a disparate battle with a Japanese sub. After getting torpedoed, and on the verge of sinking, the Captain, and crew hatch a plan to try and save the ship, and destroy the sub. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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welder | ship | uso | torpedo | ship launch | See All (12) »

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You'll Always Remember . . . And Never Forget . . . Destroyer

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Release Date:

19 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destroyer Men  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the air attack on the destroyer, U.S. airplanes pose as Japanese planes; specifically, Douglas SBD dive bombers with solid circles painted on their wings, and a Grumman Avenger torpedo bomber. During the strafing runs, close ups of the planes' noses show two machine guns. Both the Douglas SBD and Zero had these, albeit of different calibers. See more »

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After the destroyer is disabled and the engines are out, repeated references are made to the Japanese sub maintaining "sound contact", however a ship "dead in the water" would normally make insufficient noise to be heard. Active sonar would be required. Destroyers often went "dead in the water" when prosecuting a sub contact. See more »

Quotes

Steve Boleslavski: Sighted schooners, sank same.
[Said after confiscating two tallboy beer cans in the engine room]
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue:

Destroyers --"Tin Cans" as they are affectionately called by those who man them -- are the busybodies of the Fleet.

Always looking for trouble -- generally finding it.

Proud little ships because they bear the names of great heroes of the Service and keep alive the fighting traditions of our Navy. See more »

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" The John Paul Jones. Named for a great Naval hero, one which did not quit! "
3 August 2013 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The movie " DESTROYER " is based on an inspiring story written by Frank Wead and directed by William A. Seiter. Filmed during the war years to inspire a nation, it did just that. With a fabulous cast which includes the like of Edward G. Robinson, Glenn Ford, Edgar Buchanan, Leo Gorcey and Regis Toomey as Lt. Cmdr. Clark, the entire group does an excellent job of inspiring any audience who views it. It's a simple story of American construction men who not only build war ship but then reenlist to sail in it as well. The movie also includes the war years back home and the moral boosting women manning the U.S.O. clubs back home. It dates back to W.W.II and how difficult it was to to convince a nation to support a war that was necessary, not contrived as we have recently done. A Good show with a good cast. ****


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