Hellcats of the Navy (1957)
Front Cover Actor
Ronald Reagan Cmdr. Casey Abbott (Captain, USS Starfish)
Nancy Davis Nurse Lt. Helen Blair
Arthur Franz Lt. Cmdr. Don Landon (XO, USS Starfish)
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 Lt. Charlie (USS Starfish)
Joe Turkel Chick (Torpedoman, USS Starfish) (as Joseph Turkel)
Don Keefer Jug
Selmar Jackson Adm. Nimitz
Movie Details
Genre War; Drama; Thriller
Director Nathan Juran
Producer Charles H. Schneer
Writer Charles A. Lockwood; Hans Christian; Hans Christian Adamson
Studio Sony Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 1 hr 22 mins
Country USA
Color Color
As the sole movie co-starring Hollywood's only First Couple, Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis, Hellcats of the Navy is either a privileged artifact or a hootworthy campfest, depending on your politics. Reagan plays a submarine ("hellcat") commander in the Pacific during World War II; Davis is the game little nurse back on shore who's decided he's (this is a quote) "Mr. Right." They share maybe eight minutes among the film's 82. Reagan's commander is a pretty glum guy, making unpopular life-or-death decisions into which his executive officer (Arthur Franz) reads nasty personal motives. This is a B movie all the way: drab supporting cast, script and direction that can't even get the cliches right, and bland studio footage of the actors intercut with speckly stock action shots and blatant miniatures exploding. Any contemporaneous episode of the syndicated TV series The Silent Service got more sense of excitement and wartime pressure aboard a submarine. Now if only the DVD had included that classic Saturday Night Live takeoff with Ron Reagan Jr. time-traveling back to the Hellcats set to spark the romance between dad (Randy Quaid) and mom (Terry Sweeney).... --Richard T. Jameson
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It No
Index 1357
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 6/23/04
Store Copy
Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 011
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.85:1
UPC 043396100510
Release Date 5/13/03
Subtitles English; Japanese
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Black & White Closed-captioned Widescreen