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Hellcats of the Navy -- 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.
Hellcats of the Navy -- US Home Video Trailer from Sony Pictures


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May 1957 (USA) See more »
Down . . . Down . . . Down . . . into enemy waters with the fightin' hellcats of the U.S. sub pack !
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Ronald Reagan ... Cmdr. Casey Abbott

Nancy Reagan ... Nurse Lt. Helen Blair (as Nancy Davis)

Arthur Franz ... Lt. Cmdr. Don Landon

Robert Arthur ... Freddy Warren
William Leslie ... Lt. Paul Prentice
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Carroll (as William Phillips)

Harry Lauter ... Lt. (j.g.) Wes Barton
Michael Garth ... Bill aka Lt. Charlie

Joe Turkel ... Chick (as Joseph Turkel)

Don Keefer ... Jug
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Chase ... Knife-Holding Sailor (uncredited)
Vinnie De Carlo ... Sailor Dying on Sub Deck in Abbott's Arms (uncredited)
James Dobson ... Ens. Bob Altman (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Board of Inquiry Chief (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz (uncredited)
Maurice Manson ... Vice-Adm. Charles A. Lockwood (uncredited)
Chester W. Nimitz ... Himself (in prologue) (uncredited)

Bing Russell ... Frogman on Submarine (uncredited)

Directed by
Nathan Juran 
Writing credits
Charles A. Lockwood (book "Hellcats of the Sea") (as Vice-Admiral Charles A. Lockwood Vice-Admiral USN Ret.) and
Hans Christian Adamson (book "Hellcats of the Sea") (as Col. Hans Christian Adamson USAF Ret.)

David Lang (screen story)

David Lang (screenplay) and
Bernard Gordon (screenplay) originally as Raymond T. Marcus

Produced by
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
Original Music by
Mischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Irving Lippman 
Film Editing by
Jerome Thoms 
Art Direction by
Rudi Feld 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Abby Singer .... assistant director
Sound Department
Dean Thomas .... sound
John H. Newman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard H. Kline .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... conductor
George Antheil .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Greeley .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Louis Gruenberg .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Lucien Moraweck .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Raksin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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82 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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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 »
Continuity: 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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4 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
As bad as it gets, 25 July 2000
Author: williamodouglas

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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