The Gallant Hours (1960)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, War  |  13 June 1960 (Sweden)
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A semi-documentary dramatization of five weeks in the life of Vice Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr., from his assignment to command the U.S. naval operations in the South Pacific to the Allied victory at Guadalcanal.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Cmdr. Andy Lowe
Ward Costello ...
Capt. Harry Black
Cmdr. Mike Pulaski
Lt. Cmdr. Roy Webb
Capt. Frank Enright
Walter Sande ...
Capt. Horace Keys
Capt. Bill Bailey
Leon Lontoc ...
Robert Burton ...
Maj. Gen. Roy Geiger
Col. Evans Carlson
Maj. Gen. Archie Vandergrift
Harry Landers ...
Capt. Joseph Foss
Father Frederic Gehring
James Yagi ...
Rear Adm. Jiro Kobe


The Gallant Hours depicts the crucial five-week period in October-November 1942 after Admiral Halsey took command of the beleaguered American forces in the South Pacific Area. That period of combat became a turning point in the struggle against the Japanese Empire during the World War II. The story is told in flashback, framed by Halsey's ceremony of going on inactive duty in 1947. Written by Anonymous

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They Called Him the Bull of the Pacific...His Name Was Halsey..But the Enemy Spelled it Hell!


Biography | Drama | War


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Release Date:

13 June 1960 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Der Admiral  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rear Admirals Scott and Callaghan were both killed in action in the naval battle of Guadalcanal. Admiral Halsey, who received a promotion, asked that his stars be given to the widows of the two men because, he said, their actions earned him that promotion. Halsey could not have known it at the time, but Admiral Scott was killed in a friendly fire incident aboard the USS Atlanta when it was accidentally fired upon by the USS San Francisco. See more »


The film uses F6F Hellcat fighter planes, which were not in combat service in 1942. Also, the F6Fs used in the film have wing-tip fuel tanks, which were a post-war innovation, not used in WWII. See more »


Fleet Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.: There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 15 May 1960 (1960) See more »


The Gallant Hours Theme
Words and Music by Ward Costello
Sung by Roger Wagner Chorale (as The Roger Wagner Chorale)
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Superb drama that is more about leadership than warfare.
18 October 1999 | by (Indianapolis, IN, USA) – See all my reviews

This classic film is about Admiral Halsey's leadership of the US forces in the South Pacific during the early part of World War II. The film is more about leadership than warfare. Combat is not depicted on screen, so this film would not appeal to those who seek lots of action. I strongly recommend the film, especially to history buffs.

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