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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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Lt. Cmdr. Andy Lowe
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Capt. Harry Black
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Cmdr. Mike Pulaski
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Lt. Cmdr. Roy Webb
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Capt. Frank Enright
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Capt. Horace Keys
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Capt. Bill Bailey
Leon Lontoc ...
Manuel
Robert Burton ...
Maj. Gen. Roy Geiger
Carleton Young ...
Col. Evans Carlson
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Maj. Gen. Archie Vandergrift
Harry Landers ...
Capt. Joseph Foss
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Father Frederic Gehring
James Yagi ...
Rear Adm. Jiro Kobe
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Storyline

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!

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Biography | Drama | War

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13 June 1960 (Sweden)  »

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Der Admiral  »

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Trivia

You will notice there is no music being played through out the movie. At the time of filming, there was a musicians strike. Choir music was used instead. See more »

Goofs

In the meeting of the top commanders, Rear Admiral Kelly Turner first talks, then is introduced by the narrator, then talks again. In the background is a clock. In the 3 consecutive scenes the clock goes from 20:17 to 20:25, then back to 20:20. See more »

Quotes

Fleet Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.: Half a carrier is better than none.
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Soundtracks

The Gallant Hours Theme
Words and Music by Ward Costello
Sung by Roger Wagner Chorale (as The Roger Wagner Chorale)
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A study of the character of command
12 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A war film without action makes this picture almost unique. The message is that wars are fought with character as much as gun fire. Cagney's performance is subtle and deeply felt. One scene in particular in the final half hour should be watched carefully: a 45-second shot of Cagney sitting at his desk with a cup of coffee as the consequences of his decision run through his mind in the form of off-screen battle sounds. The camera patiently draws in on his face, as his expression grown more grim. Cagney's expression and eyes have a power that burns through the screen like a magnificent still life summing up the enormous responsibility of command. Also, the choral music throughout adds a great weight and sense of secular reverence to the tone of the film. In a way, "Gallant Hours" is comparable to "Command Decision," in that it takes us, as one other viewer put it, behind the scenes of battle.


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