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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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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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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

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 »

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When the Japanese aircraft are shown attacking the JPJ, one of them crashes into the captain's gig breaking it in half. Later, as the crew is abandoning ship, they are seen in the gig. Destroyers carry only one gig. 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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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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One of my favorites
8 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I grew up with this film in the early 60's........ I remember it fondly as a little kid. We had a beach house at Newport and I remember sitting and watching it on more than one occasion.....It did something to me that I can't put a paw on.

Columbia was strictly 2nd tier as studios went in those days but this one is obviously an "A" as the studio went.

It has a great cast, special effects that rivaled the "big boys" and an ambiance that few could equal......

Watching the gleam in Eddie G's eyes really makes it fly..He singlehandedly steals the show......He has the right amount of humor and pathos to really make this film stand out. It's really a pity that no one knows this film in this day and age.....The use of old sea chanteys in the score brings a wonderful ambiance to the atmosphere..

This film also has two (in my opinion) classic lines in it. When Edgar Buchanan is dancing with a goldigger at the USO, she says "sailor, I understand you've gotten a pay raise, what will you do with it?" To which Buchanan replies: "Oh some on booze, some on women and the rest foolishly...". The other gem is where Robinson confronts Glenn Ford and makes the comment: "Why I've wrung more seawater out of my socks than you've sailed over!"

What can I say kiddies, this is one of my favorites and I consider myself fortunate to have it on VHS so I can watch it any time I want to.......It was released by "Hollywood Movie Greats" on VHS in 1990..... Robert


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