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


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) »


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


Adventure | Drama | War


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Release Date:

19 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Destroyer Men  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ray Enright directed additional scenes after William A. Seiter left the picture. See more »


The railings around the deck of destroyers, or any warship, are not made of sheet metal as shown in this film. The railings that surround the deck are made up of posts and cables. This allows water to quickly leave the deck. See more »


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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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.

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