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Hellcats of the Navy (1957)





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Future "first couple" Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis made their only joint film appearance in Hellcats of the Navy. Ronnie plays Casey Abbott, commander of a WW2 submarine, while Nancy portrays navy nurse Helen Blair, Abbott's off-and-on girlfriend. During a delicate mission in which his sub is ordered to retrieve a revolutionary new Japanese mine, Abbott is forced to leave frogman Wes Barton (Harry Lauter) behind to save the rest of his crew. But Abbott's second-in-command Don Landon (Eduard Franz) is convincing that Abbott's sacrifice of Barton was due to the fact that the dead man had been amorously pursuing Helen. The rest of the film is spent proving Abbott right and Barton wrong. Based on a book by former USN vice-admiral Charles A. Lockwood (played in the film by Maurice Manson) and retired USAF colonel Hans Christian Adamson, Hellcats of the Navy is a much better film than Reagan's detractors would have one believe.

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Ronald Reagan
as Comdr. Casey Adams
Nancy Reagan
as Helen Blair
Arthur Franz
as Lt. Cmdr. Don Landon
Robert Arthur
as Freddy Warren
William Leslie
as Lt. Paul Prentice
Harry Lauter
as Wes Barton
Selmer Jackson
as Adm. Nimitz
Selmar Jackson
as Adm. Nimitz
Maurice Manson
as Adm. Lockwood
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This was the only film the future president Ronald Reagan appeared together with Nancy Reagan.

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Audience Reviews for Hellcats of the Navy

Ronald was great. I don't read reviews on movies until after I've seen the movie so I had no idea Nancy Reagan was even an actress or in this movie. She was pretty back in these days. I had no idea. Lots of submarine duty in this movie, with some Frogmen, as the movie centers around a Submarine Captain, and what a Submarine Captain goes through with his decision making. Fine acting. Good cast.

Guy Mangotree
Guy Mangotree

Hellcats of the Navy I found the characters plan and dull. The dedication at the beginning of the film was very good. I thought that the submarine sank too quick. The movie was not very good.


Not only is this Movie pretty Good, this is where the Future President & 1st Lady Reagan fell in Love.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

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