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Destroyer
     

Destroyer

Director: William Seiter,

Cast: Edward G. Robinson, Glenn Ford, Marguerite Chapman

 
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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Columbia Pictures' Destroyer is essentially the kind of morale-building action movie that Warner Bros. did more often during World War II. The story here is tailored to the somewhat long-of-toothEdward G. Robinson -- whose acting career went back to the early teens -- and is built around the age of his protagonist, a well-intentioned former career Navy man who may be too old for the job he desperately wants to do. His antagonist is a young, lanky Glenn Ford, a leader in a new generation of sailors who feel they don't have much to learn from old birds like Robinson's "Boley" Boleslavski. And therein hangs most of the plot, and a good one it is in the hands of this cast -- Marguerite Chapman plays Robinson's daughter with charm and fire, attracting the attention of Ford's young CPO and adding fuel to the fire between him and her father; Edgar Buchanan, playing older than he is, is fine as an old salt who is just as anxious to get in on the fighting as Robinson; and Leo Gorcey, taking a break from his East Side Kids movies, turns in a surprisingly good performaance as a young punk of a seaman. Director William Seiter moves the action fast enough to please war movie fans, and Chapman is attractive when she's on screen, while Robinson and Ford generate lots of sparks in their scenes -- and the payoff is a terrifically exciting duel-to-the-death between Robinson's destroyer and a Japanese submarine, each racing against the clock for a chance to kill the other off.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2011
UPC:
0043396378537
Original Release:
1943
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sales rank:
13,697

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Steve Boleslavski
Glenn Ford Mickey Donahue
Marguerite Chapman Mary Boleslavski
Edgar Buchanan Kansas Jackson
Leo Gorcey Sarecky
Regis Toomey Lt. Cmdr. Clark
Edward S. Brophy Casey
Warren Ashe Lt. Morton
Craig Woods Bigbee
Curt Bois Yasha
David Alison Fireman Thomas
Dean Benton Fireman Moore
Lloyd Bridges Fireman
Roger Clark Chief Engineer
Edmund Cobb Workman
Tristram Coffin Doctor
Eleanor Counts Sarecky's Girl
Eddie Dew Survivor
Lester Dorr First Ship Fitter
Bud Geary Ship Fitter
Bobby Jordan Sobbing Sailor
Charles McGraw Assistant Chief Engineer
John Merton Chief Quartermaster
Dennis Moore Communications Officer
Larry Parks Ens. Johnson
Paul Perry Doctor
Don Peters Helmsman
Addison Richards Ferguson
Virginia Sale Spinster
Dale Van Sickel Sailor
Eddy Waller Riveter
Pierre Watkin Admiral
Eddy Chandler Chief Gunner's Mate
Al Hill Knife-eating Sailor

Technical Credits
William Seiter Director
Lionel Banks Art Director
Borden Chase Screenwriter
Anthony Collins Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Louis Edelman Producer
Gene Havlick Editor
Lewis Meltzer Screenwriter
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Wead Original Story,Screenwriter

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