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John S. Robertson
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
Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »
After the destroyer is disabled and the engines are out, repeated references are made to the Japanese sub maintaining "sound contact". However, a ship "dead in the water" would normally make insufficient noise to be heard. Active sonar would be required. Destroyers often went "dead in the water" when prosecuting a sub contact. See more »
[Boleslavski confrontation with Donohue on deck]
Why I've wrung more seawater out of my socks than you've sailed over!
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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 »
The movie is worth seeing just to see Marguerite. I also enjoyed seeing Edward G. Robinson. Leo Gorcey was also very effective in this movie. Glenn Ford worked well with the other stars and was believable as a navy man.
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