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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
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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This movie's closing epilogue by Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz states: "It is to the everlasting honor and glory of our submarine personnel that they never failed us in our days of great peril."See more »
Continuity: The Hellcat sub has a Japanese freighter in its sights out on open ocean, but when the torpedoes hit, it is clearly docked in port.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from Blood Alley (1955)See more »


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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Too often over scrutinized, 10 January 2004
Author: Rich Harding

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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