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Hellcats of the Navy (1957) was a Drama - Thriller/Suspense Film directed by Nathan Juran and produced by Charles H. Schneer.

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The name of the Hellcat submarine in this movie that Ronald Reagan commands was the USS Starfish aka The Starfish. This was a fictional name and not the name of a real World War II US Navy Hellcat submarine. However, the type of name was in keeping with the style of fish and marine-like names of the real Hellcat submarines of the Second World War which were named as follows: SS 411 USS Spadefish; SS 401 USS Sea Dog; SS 291 USS Crevalle; SS 302 USS Skate; SS 282 USS Tunny; SS 283 USS Tinosa; SS 229 USS Flying Fish; SS 287 USS Bowfin; and SS 223 USS Bonefish.
This movie received extensive cooperation from the United States Department of Defense to the point that even the US Navy's Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz introduced in person at the movie's start.
The 'Hollywood Reporter' was announced the following to be in the cast for this movie: Frank Bella; Frank Chase; Richard Cutting; James Dobson; and Oliver McGowan. These actors either do not appear to have ended up being in this movie or if so, are uncredited.
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