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Destroyer (1943)

 -  Adventure | Drama | War  -  19 August 1943 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Steve Boleslavski
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Mickey Donohue
Marguerite Chapman ...
Mary Boleslavski
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Kansus Jackson
Leo Gorcey ...
Sarecky
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Lt. Cmdr. Clark
Edward Brophy ...
Casey (as Ed Brophy)
Warren Ashe ...
Lt. Marton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benson Fong ...
Japanese Sonar Man
Richard Loo ...
Japanese Submarine Commander
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Survivor
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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 bosuns 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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Plot Keywords:

welder | ship | uso | torpedo | ship launch | See more »

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

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Release Date:

19 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destructor  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Goofs

Robinson's character describes the action against HMS Serapis on 23 September, 1779. He states this was the first U.S. victory over a British ship. Actually, John Paul Jones, while in command of the 18-gun Sloop-of-war USS Ranger defeated the HMS Drake on 24 April, 1778. This was not the first U.S. victory. On 7 April, 1777, the Brigantine USS Lexington defeated HMS Edward. See more »

Quotes

Steve Boleslavski: Sighted schooners, sank same.
[Said after confiscating two tallboy beer cans in the engine room]
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Pretty good war picture

Edward G. Robinson is a retired Navy officer who works on building a new ship. He succeeds in gaining a berth when it is ready to sail but he finds he is a bit out of touch with the young crew. He experiences a few highs and lows and faces several challenges throughout. Very good performance with a few memorable scenes. I rated it a 7.


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