Nancy Reagan film tribute

On March 18 – 20, the nonprofit Circle Cinema will show,”Remembering Nancy Reagan: Hellcats of the Navy.”

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan passed away last week.

On March 18 – 20, the theater will host a special presentation of the 1957 drama Hellcats Of The Navy. This is Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s only joint film appearance.

There will be a special presentation before each screening.

In the film, Ronald Reagan plays Casey Abbott, commander of a World War II submarine, while Nancy Reagan portrays navy nurse Helen Blair, Abbott’s off-and-on girlfriend. During a delicate mission in which his sub is ordered to retrieve a revolutionary new Japanese mine, Abbott is forced to leave frogman Wes Barton (Harry Lauter) behind to save the rest of his crew. But Abbott’s second-in-command Don Landon (Eduard Franz) is convincing that Abbott’s sacrifice of Barton was due to the fact that the dead man had been amorously pursuing Helen. The rest of the film is spent proving Abbott right and Barton wrong. Based on a book by former USN vice-admiral Charles A. Lockwood (played in the film by Maurice Manson) and retired USAF colonel Hans Christian Adamson, Hellcats of the Navy is a much better film than Reagan’s detractors would have one believe.

Showtime on March 18 is 7 p.m. and on March 19-20 at 2 p.m. For more information and tickets, go to circlecinema.com.