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Destroyer (1943)

Destroyer (1943)






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Edward G. Robinson portrays a hard-driving, hard-nosed perfectionist who causes dissension aboard the WWII destroyer he helped build before re-enlisting in the Navy. Coming aboard as a senior crewman and trying to emulate the perfection of his hero John Paul Jones, he drives himself as hard as he drives the younger generation of sailors he commands, even going so far as recounting the last battle of the Bon Homme Richard to the increasingly disgruntled crew. But it is not his words that earn him their respect. During a major battle Robinson proves himself a true hero. The harsh training also pays off and the young sailors successfully defeat the enemy. Afterward they realize that Robinson was right to be tough on them and never question him again. Meanwhile, the captain who stood by Robinson through the thick of it even winds up involved with the old salt's daughter.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Lewis Meltzer, Borden Chase, Frank Wead
In Theaters:
Columbia Pictures


Edward G. Robinson
as Steve Boleslavski
Glenn Ford
as Mickey Donahue
Marguerite Chapman
as Mary Boleslavski
Edgar Buchanan
as Kansas Jackson
Leo Gorcey
as Sarecky
Regis Toomey
as Lt. Cmdr. Clark
Warren Ashe
as Lt. Morton
Curt Bois
as Yasha
Al Hill
as Knife-eating Sailor
Bobby Jordan
as Sobbing Sailor
Roger Clark
as Chief Engineer
Dean Benton
as Fireman Moore
David Alison
as Fireman Thomas
Paul Perry
as Doctor
John Merton
as Chief Quartermaster
Lester Dorr
as First Ship Fitter
Don Peters
as Helmsman
Bud Geary
as Ship Fitter
Virginia Sale
as Spinster
Eleanor Counts
as Sarecky's Girl
Eddie Dew
as Survivor
Larry Parks
as Ens. Johnson
Eddy Chandler
as Chief Gunner's Mate
Dennis Moore
as Communications Offic...
Edmund Cobb
as Workman
Eddy Waller
as Riveter
Charles McGraw
as Assistant Chief Engi...
Paul Perry
as Doctor
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All Critics (1)

Though it offers no surprises, it's still well-done and mildly entertaining.

Full Review… | August 25, 2008
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