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The Gallant Hours (1960)

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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!


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13 June 1960 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Der Admiral  »

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1.66 : 1
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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 »


At one point, when ADM Halsey (then still a VADM in the movie) is meeting with his force (air/ground) commanders on-board ship, we hear eight bells to signify the end of a watch. This would put the time at either 8, 12, or 4 (a.m. or p.m.), yet moments later there is a shot of Halsey (Cagney) with a ships clock in the background on the wall of his office/quarters and the time is 10:30, (1030 or 2230 if it is a 24 hour clock) which would be 5 bells. See more »


Fleet Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.: Half a carrier is better than none.
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The Gallant Hours Theme
Words and Music by Ward Costello
Sung by Roger Wagner Chorale (as The Roger Wagner Chorale)
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I Knew A Lad Who Went To Sea!
11 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When in the days that pass this life that we live,if you happen to come upon this film keep it,view it,and know truly that this is what is meant by the golden age of Hollywood.This is not about the roaring twenties or the 1940s or in fact anything that you can touch.It is a film that involves a time when we in our resolve as a sovereignty were to be attacked by surprise and while unable to provide front line support sufficient to deter such unwarranted aggression we did what we could to figure out how to do what we had as yet been unable to do and that is stop the Japanese.Our military history will recognize that the defense of Guadalcanal will be recognized as a perimeter that was held and cleared at great cost.However,the ability of the Marine Corps to hold were aided by the very gallant efforts of our Navy and so many others that though Guadalcanal was the focus of our efforts,the reader might do well to look up Defense of the South Pacific.This was in fact when we started to take back what was a very high cost to relinquish.Names like battle of savo island,The straights of Iron Bottom Sound,the Solomons,The Tokyo Express,you will learn just how drama can unfold on the silver screen without running up a 300 million dollar tab.This film is about a ordinary man in Admiral William Halsey who at a very critical time in our efforts in the South Pacific took command of our defenses and in a matter of speaking light a fire and proceeded to defend and ultimately defeat the aggression of a dangerous and superior force in the Japanese.This film is not to go past when you come to it.I am personally pleased that where I was a youngster when I first viewed this very fine film, fortunately it has been made available through videotape(VHS)and maybe those that know better would know that these are the films we truly care for.This is in defense of the Gallant Hours, it would do well as a fine package in Digital Versatile Disc.I do not think you can do any better a movie than The Gallant Hours.I can not recommend a picture any more highly than I than this film.A moving tribute to a very ordinary man who said that he would get the credit for the work that was started by others.A worthy movie going experience.It might be well to know that there are subtle ways by which this movie becomes a picture worth saving and it is emphasized in the following words,"I knew a lad who went to sea and left the shore behind him,the lad was me and now I can not find him.Away,away,away he went and left the shore behind him."A do not miss.Sincerely

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