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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
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Casey (as Ed Brophy)
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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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Plot Keywords:

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

The USS John Paul Jones in reality was the Benson Class destoyer USS Hobby (DD610). She was primarily used for Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) in both the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters. She servived the war, but would eventually be destroyed as a training target in 1972. 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

Girl at USO: I hear you got a raise.
Kansus Jackson: Yeah
Girl at USO: What are you going to spend it on?
Kansus Jackson: Oh, beer, women and the rest on foolishness.
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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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Good for Navy Sailors & Any that like Navy or combat
26 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First Rate for the period. A good patriotic Navy film, in the class with "Men of Honor" and Top Gun. Great depiction of sailors,Ships and the sea. As a U.S. Navy Veteran and "Tin-can-Sailor" an affectionate term for "Destroyer" Sailors, this shows the connection of the men and the Ship. The personality and the Valor of the Ship and her namesake and the men that make HER sail. To the sailor she is more than just steel that floats, she is Life; one lives, eats and sleeps the ship. If she don't float, we die. She takes us in harm's way and if we do it right, she brings us home. Home is the sailor, home from the sea. "Well done "Boli."


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