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Hellcats of the Navy (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller, War | May 1957 (USA)
The daring exploits of a submarine commander whose mission is to chart the minefields in the waters of Japan during World War II.

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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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Cmdr. Casey Abbott
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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
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Carroll (as William Phillips)
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Lt. (j.g.) Wes Barton
Michael Garth ...
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 World War II.

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

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Drama | Thriller | War

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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 »

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

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Referenced in Shocker (1989) See more »

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Admiral Nimitz
18 February 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Most of the comments about this very ordinary war film concerns the fact that it is the only film that co-starred Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Both of them did better work in Hollywood.

The real story is that Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, CINCPAC Pacific Theatre in World War II chose to make a personal appearance in this film about submarines. That's like having Eisenhower or MacArthur make a personal appearance in an army war film. Unheard of.

Nimitz's background was in submarines and our submarine fleet may very well have been the tipping factor in the Pacific War. We did to Japan what the Nazis tried to do to Great Britain, cut off their raw material and food. Nimitz was no hypocrite however. He admitted as much during the Nuremberg trials and that fact saved the Nazi U-Boat commander Karl Doenitz from the hangman for war crimes.

All the clichés about submarine warfare in the pre-atomic era are present in this film. It's a B Picture made just as B Pictures were being phased out of existence. The cast is competent enough, but it's all been done before.

I think the real story is why did Admiral Nimitz choose this submarine film to make an appearance in.


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