Destroyer (1943 film)

Destroyer is a 1943 American war film directed by William A. Seiter and starring Edward G. Robinson.

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Directed byWilliam A. Seiter
Produced byLouis F. Edelman
Screenplay byFrank Wead
Lewis Meltzer
Borden Chase
Story byFrank Wead
StarringEdward G. Robinson
Music byAnthony Collins
CinematographyFranz Planer
Edited byGene Havlick
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • August 19, 1943 (1943-08-19)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.3 million (US rentals)[1]


Retired Chief Bosun's Mate Steve "Boley" Boleslavski (Edward G. Robinson) serves aboard destroyer John Paul Jones during World War II. He alienates the crew, before the ship encounters a Japanese submarine off Alaska.



Lieutenant Commander Donald Smith, the film's technical advisor, served as Navigation Officer on USS Arizona until one month before the ship was sunk at Pearl Harbor.[2]


Dennis Schwartz gave it a C+ grade, writing that "Though it offers no surprises, it's still well-done and mildly entertaining."[3]


  1. "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
  2. "Destroyer". Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  3. Dennis Schwartz (25 August 2008). "Destroyer". Ozus' World Movie Reviews.
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