Action-packed war movie that was made before we went to war, so there is no actual fighting, just a lot of superb flying footage, flag-waving, and a softening-up of American audiences for the eventual moment when we would take up arms against the Axis. Navy Squadron Eight is based at San
Diego. They've been nicknamed the Hellcats because of their excellent skills and discipline in the air. Commander Pidgeon is admired by his men, as is his beauteous wife, Ruth Hussey. One of the squadron dies during training and is replaced by Taylor, a self-assured Pensacola cadet who is under
the mistaken impression that this group always requests its replacements. He soon become...