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Hellcats of the Navy (1957)

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The daring exploits of a submarine commander whose mission is to chart the minefields in the watersof Japan during WWII. This is Ronald and Nancy Reagan's only screen appearance together.

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Nurse Lt. Helen Blair (as Nancy Davis)
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Freddy Warren
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Lt. Paul Prentice
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The daring exploits of a submarine commander whose mission is to chart the minefields in the watersof Japan during WWII. This is Ronald and Nancy Reagan's only screen appearance together.

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Down . . . Down . . . Down . . . into enemy waters with the fightin' hellcats of the U.S. sub pack !

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May 1957 (USA)  »

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Hellcats of the Sea  »

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The name Hellcats of this movie's title refers to the US Navy vessels which took part in Operation Barney and traveled through the mine-ridden waters that lead to the Sea of Japan. The Hellcats term is derived from the US Navy's slang word for mines belonging to the Imperial Japanese Navy: Hell Pots. See more »

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Near the beginning of the movie when the frogmen are retrieving the mine, they are all wearing light colored wetsuits. A close up of the two next to a mine are suddenly in black wetsuits, but then back to light colored in other shots. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Madonna/Simple Minds (1985) See more »

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Too often over scrutinized
10 January 2004 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

This film is primarily for Ronald Reagan buffs or for those who want to see Ron and Nancy on screen together. The story centers around an initially unstable relationship between a submarine commander, a nurse, another officer showing interest in her and an executive officer who questions the motives of the commander, both personally and militarily. Is it one of the 'great' WWII submarine movies? No. Is it worth a look? Yes. It doesn't contain the depth or intensity of Cary Grant's "Destination Tokyo" or Clark Gable's "Run Silent, Run Deep," but could be considered comparable to Glenn Ford's "Torpedo Run."


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