Hellcats of the Navy 1957 Ronald Reagan War Thriller


In Hellcats of the Navy, Reagan plays a submarine commander during World War II who has to make a decision that results in the death of a crewman.


Hellcats of the Navy 1957 Ronald Reagan War Thriller

Stars: Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Arthur Franz

In Hellcats of the Navy, Ronald Reagan plays Captain Abbott – a submarine commander in the Pacific in World War II. As the movie opens he has to make a decision that results in the death of a crewman. Coincidentally, that crewman was romantically involved with a nurse named Helen. Helen had previously been involved with Abbott. This set up tension between Abbott and his executive officer, Landon who believed Abbott had been influenced by jealousy.

Trivia: The name Hellcats of this movie’s title refers to the US Navy vessels which took part in Operation Barney and traveled through the mine-ridden waters that lead to the Sea of Japan. The Hellcats term is derived from the US Navy’s slang word for mines belonging to the Imperial Japanese Navy: Hell Pots.

Tagline: Down… Down… Down… into enemy waters with the fightin’ hellcats of the U.S. sub pack!

On one level a simple war action movie, this film is also a commendable study in the morality of leadership. The central question posed by the movie is whether a commander’s duty towards a single seaman in obvious danger outweighs his overall responsibility to his crew.

Product Information

  • Director: Nathan Juran
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English (Optional English Subtitles)
  • Production Co.: Morningside Productions
  • Run time: 82 minutes
  • Sound: Mono
  • Color: Black and White
  • Widescreen
  • Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC

Sample Video from Hellcats of the Navy


Reproduced on a professional-grade DVD-R disk. Packaged in a single DVD case. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image.

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Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in




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