MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 31,757 this week

Destroyer (1943)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  19 August 1943 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 813 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 6 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(screen play), (screen play), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

"Hand of God" - What to Watch

IMDb sits down with the cast of the thriller drama "Hand of God," including Ron Perlman, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, and Alona Tal.

Watch our interview

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1196 titles
created 30 Sep 2012
 
a list of 1699 titles
created 29 Dec 2012
 
a list of 4543 titles
created 15 Jan 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 03 Jul 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 02 Feb 2014
 

Related Items

Search for "Destroyer" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Destroyer (1943)

Destroyer (1943) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Destroyer.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When retired racket boss John Sarto tries to reclaim his place and former friends try to kill him, he finds solace in a monastery and reinvents himself as a pious monk.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sothern
Framed (1947)
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Mike Lambert, seeking a mining job, instead becomes the patsy for a femme-fatale's schemes.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Glenn Ford, Janis Carter, Barry Sullivan
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In New York, after seven years in prison, the lawyer Max Monetti goes to the bank of his brothers Joe, Tony and Pietro Monetti and promises revenge to them. Then he visits his lover Irene ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When the head of a large manufacturing firm dies suddenly from a stroke, his vice-presidents vie to see who will replace him.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: William Holden, Barbara Stanwyck, June Allyson
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: George C. Scott, Stacy Keach, Jane Alexander
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During WWII, a submarine's second in command inherits the problem of torpedoes that don't explode. When on shore, he is eager to win back his ex-wife.

Director: George Waggner
Stars: John Wayne, Patricia Neal, Ward Bond
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A wanted outlaw arrives in town to rob a bank that has already been held up! His past and his friendship with the sheriff land them both in trouble.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Glenn Ford
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Tyrone Power, Kim Novak, Victoria Shaw
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

At her father's funeral, Ann Chapin thinks back over the last five years of his life, years of apparent political and personal failure dominated by a selfish and dissatisfied wife and eased... See full summary »

Director: Philip Dunne
Stars: Gary Cooper, Diane Varsi, Suzy Parker
Larceny, Inc. (1942)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Three ex-cons buy a luggage shop to tunnel into the bank vault next door. But despite all they can do, the shop prospers...

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Government agent tries to trick a suspect into returning to Germany, the scene of his crimes.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Frank Lovejoy, Mari Blanchard, Richard Denning
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Philip Marlowe gets involved when limp-wristed and snidely Leslie Murdock steals a rare doubloon from his mother to give to a newsreel photographer in exchange for film that is being used ... See full summary »

Director: John Brahm
Stars: George Montgomery, Nancy Guild, Conrad Janis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Steve Boleslavski (as Edward G.Robinson)
...
Mickey Donohue
Marguerite Chapman ...
...
Kansus Jackson
Leo Gorcey ...
Sarecky
...
Lt. Cmdr. Clark
Edward Brophy ...
Casey (as Ed Brophy)
Warren Ashe ...
Lt. Marton
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

19 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destructor  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Victories can often be considered Pyrrhic, for example, the "defeat" gained by Bon Homme Richard over Serapis falls within that classification. If Pyrrhic victories are thus allowed in a discussion of when did the first U.S. victory over a British ship occur then history records the date of 11 October 1776 when 16 American vessels gained a Pyrrhic victory over 30 British vessels at the Battle of Valcour Island. The Americans were under the command of General Benedict Arnold. See more »

Goofs

When the Japanese torpedo strikes the John Paul Jones II, the ship's interior is shown to have its interior watertight doors open. Part of General Quarters (Battle Stations) procedure is to establish watertight integrity throughout a ship by shutting all watertight doors. This minimizes flooding in the event the ship is struck by enemy fire. See more »

Quotes

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

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue:

Destroyers --"Tin Cans" as they are affectionately called by those who man them -- are the busy bodies 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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An entertaining wartime adventure
30 September 2002 | by (Ontario Canada) – See all my reviews

Edward G. Robinson cast's off in a rousing wartime tale of an untried destroyer crew pitted against the Japanese, and against their own ship. Robinson plays a dedicated machinist in a downright heroic role (for a change), and shows that he could lift this fairly routine combat epic out of the dull-drums -- almost on his own. The special effects and action sequences are first rate by the standards of the day, and overall the film has a good pace to it. It has been a few years since I have seen Destroyer, but the thing I best remember is Robinson relating the story of John Paul Jones and the Bon Homme Richard to the disheartened crew. Its corny and obvious, but he is so earnest that you practically feel like jumping in there to help him out.


10 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD available? highwaystar50
Ford was Navy!! nick7dawg
Not a goof. navyvet-1
Sinking Ship ! dcowell-1
Enjoying It Right Now on TCM SevernGuy
Discuss Destroyer (1943) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?