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Destroyer (1943)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 19 August 1943 (USA)
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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures 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

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

Goofs

When the crew abandon ship in the life rafts, a skeleton crew are left on-board ship in an attempt to repair damage, whilst a Japanese submarine is looking for them using sonar.

The skeleton crew take their shoes off in an attempt to keep noise to a minimum, yet the life rafts start engines to get away from the ship.

This noise would be picked up by the submarine surely? See more »

Quotes

Steve Boleslavski: Sighted schooners, sank same.
[Said after confiscating two tallboy beer cans in the engine room]
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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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One of my favorites
8 April 2008 | by vawlkee_2000See 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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