Hellcats of the Navy

Hellcats of the Navy

Director: Nathan Juran Cast: Ronald Wilson Reagan, Nancy Reagan, Arthur Franz

DVD (Wide Screen / Black & White)

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Nathan Juran's Hellcats Of The Navy has taken its share of knocks over the decades, mostly because of the presence of Ronald Reagan and Nancy Davis (aka Nancy Reagan) in the cast as the two romantic leads. It was Reagan's next-to-last feature film, and the 46-year-old actor is a little bit long-of-tooth for the role he's playing, that of a captain of a navy submarine during World War II -- much less one who engages in the kind of repair mission that he carries out at the denouement; and the presence of Nancy Reagan made it ripe for jokes once Reagan became president. The truth is, however, that it's not a bad little movie -- it doesn't have the casting or directorial pedigree of, say, Robert Wise's Run Silent, Run Deep, or as good a script, but it is a solid World War II action movie and the DVD edition makes it look about as good as it's been seen since the 1950's. The masking of the image to an aspect ratio of 1.85-to-1 is essential in appreciating the movie, and Juran's careful use of deep focus shots in certain key scenes. The print has some minor flaws, but is transferred so sharply that you can see every pore of a character's skin in the close-ups, and the underwater sequences look astonishingly good as well. Moreover, the audio is mastered at a healthy volume, so that the dialogue is sharp and the explosions, when they come -- as during a surface duel between an American and a Japanese submarine -- have real impact even on monitor speakers. The 82 minute movie has been given an extremely generous and useful 28 chapters that mark the plot out about as well as any detail literary analysis could. The disc's menu opens automatically on start-up with the "Play" option in the default position.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2003
UPC: 0043396100510
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 1:21:00
Sales rank: 21,260

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Remastered in high definition; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English; Subtitles: English, Japanese; Bonus trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ronald Reagan Comdr. Casey Adams
Nancy Reagan Helen Blair
Arthur Franz Lt. Cmdr. Don Landon
Robert Arthur Freddy Warren
William Leslie Lt. Paul Prentice
Harry Lauter Wes Barton
Michael Garth Charlie
Joe Turkel Chick
Don Keefer Jug
Selmar Jackson Adm. Nimitz
Maurice Manson Adm. Lockwood
William "Bill" Phillips Carroll

Technical Credits
Nathan Juran Director
Mischa Bakaleinikoff Score Composer
Rudi Feld Art Director
George Greeley Score Composer
David Lang Screenwriter
Irving Lippman Cinematographer
Raymond T. Marcus Screenwriter
Charles H. Schneer Producer
Jerome Thoms Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Pinpointing the Minefield
3. The Captain's Ex-Girlfriend
4. Securing A Mine
5. "Got 'Em!"
6. Lucky Mabel
7. Questioning Abbott's Instincts
8. A Party for Freddy
9. Vice Admiral Charles Lockwood
10. Helen Blair
11. The Dummy Mine Test
12. Combinations & Permutations
13. The Accident
14. A Special Nine Day Assignment
15. Mission Accomplished
16. Logging the Strait
17. "Abandon Ship!"
18. Lucky Survivor
19. Unfit for Command
20. "I Was Wrong About You."
21. The Inquiry
22. Hellcat Briefing
23. Postwar Plans
24. "Mines Ahead."
25. Depth Charge!
26. Sunset, June 9
27. "I'm Stuck. Can't Get Loose!"
28. Homecoming

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