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Hellcats of the Navy (1957)

 |  Drama, Thriller, War  |  May 1957 (USA)
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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)
Arthur Franz ...
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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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Hellcats of the Sea  »

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As declared by the 'Hollywood Reporter' of 4-6 August 2000, the screen-writing credit of Raymond T. Marcus for this film is actually an alias for blacklisted scriptwriter Bernard Gordon. Gordon once said that he thought that it was ironic that he could not put his name to the script due to a blacklist that the actual movie's star Ronald Reagan denied ever existed (to Joseph Alsop in 1980). 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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As bad as it gets
25 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Leaden acting. Awful special effects. Every time the submarines go out, so does the sonar (amazing, huh?) A forced conflict between the captain and his executive officer. It also has some of the worst dialogue imaginable, especially in the Ronald Reagan-Nancy Davis scenes. All in all, I would have rather watched an old television test-pattern.


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