Hellcats Of The Navy

  • 1957
  • Movie
  • NR
  • War

Recent presidential history has made this mundane B picture a genuine Hollywood oddity and an inadvertent camp favorite. Reagan plays the ultraserious Casey Abbott, a WW II submarine commander sent to retrieve Japanese mines so that Navy experts can uncover why the mines aren't detectable by sonar. During the operation, an enemy ship bears down on Abbott...read more

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Recent presidential history has made this mundane B picture a genuine Hollywood oddity and an inadvertent camp favorite. Reagan plays the ultraserious Casey Abbott, a WW II submarine commander sent to retrieve Japanese mines so that Navy experts can uncover why the mines aren't detectable

by sonar. During the operation, an enemy ship bears down on Abbott and his crew, forcing the commander to leave frogman Wes Barton (Harry Lauter) behind to save the rest of the crew. Suspicious officer Don Landon (Arthur Franz) thinks Abbott left Barton because the frogman had been chasing after

Helen Blair (Nancy Davis, who became Nancy Reagan), Abbott's former girl friend. Of course, this charge is totally unfounded and Abbott must prove through his own acts of sacrifice and heroism that Landon's allegations are false. Producer Charles H. Schneer and director Nathan Juran are best known

for their collaborations with stop-motion animation-wizard Ray Harryhausen (20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH; THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD; THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON), but some of Juran's lesser works, such as ATTACK OF THE 50 FT. WOMAN and THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS, have become campy cult classics

over the years. HELLCATS OF THE NAVY falls perfectly into place alongside Juran's other memorably silly work.

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