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Destroyer (1943)

A new World War 2 destroyer fails its sea trials so it is assigned to mail runs, but the crew ends up having to engage Japanese planes and a submarine anyway.

Directors:

William A. Seiter, Ray Enright (uncredited)

Writers:

Frank Wead (screen play), Lewis Meltzer (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Edward G. Robinson ... Steve Boleslavski (as Edward G.Robinson)
Glenn Ford ... Mickey Donohue
Marguerite Chapman ... Mary Boleslavski
Edgar Buchanan ... Kansas Jackson
Leo Gorcey ... Sarecky
Regis Toomey ... Lt. Cmdr. Clark
Edward Brophy ... Casey (as Ed Brophy)
Warren Ashe Warren Ashe ... Lt. Marton
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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 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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Taglines:

1943's MIGHTIEST STORY OF THE SEA AND THE FIGHTING MEN WHO SAIL IT! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

19 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Destroyer Men See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 3, 1944 with Edward G. Robinson and Marguerite Chapman reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Pretty good war picture
17 October 2002 | by zeemanguySee all my reviews

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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