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Hellcats of the Navy (1957)

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

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(book) (as Vice-Admiral Charles A. Lockwood Vice-Admiral USN Ret.), (book) (as Col. Hans Christian Adamson USAF Ret.) | 3 more credits »
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Nurse Lt. Helen Blair (as Nancy Davis)
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Lt. Cmdr. Don Landon
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Freddy Warren
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Lt. Paul Prentice
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Carroll (as William Phillips)
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Lt. (j.g.) Wes Barton
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Bill aka Lt. Charlie
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Chick (as Joseph Turkel)
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The daring exploits of a submarine commander whose mission is to chart the minefields in the waters of 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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Hellcats of the Sea  »

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The source that this movie was based on was a book by Charles A. Lockwood and Hans Christian Adamson entitled 'Hellcats of the Sea', the title of which also became this movie's working title. See more »

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The SCUBA gear shown in the film was not available until after WWII. See more »

Crazy Credits

The scenes used to show the island they are attacking are from the movie "Crash Dive" 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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