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The Gallant Hours (1960)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 13 June 1960 (Sweden)
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

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Lt. Cmdr. Andy Lowe
Ward Costello ...
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
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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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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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At the beginning of the move its stated that he retired on 22 November 1945. Halsey actually retired in March 1947. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Cmdr. Andy Lowe: Admiral, where you gonna get all that stuff you promised those commanders?
Fleet Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.: ...I don't know.
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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 leadership tutorial masterpiece!
22 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is a leadership tutorial masterpiece. As a substitute high school math and science teacher, I have run this to conduct leadership laboratories. Additionally, the theme composition that opens the film is marvelous. I have tried to reconstruct the lyrics (had trouble understanding last verse lyrics) so that I could present the composition for adoption by the U. S. Naval Academy Mens' Chorus. Any help along these lines would be appreciated. I have attempted to locate survivors of Ward Costello, its composer, without success...for any necessary permission.

The most memorable scene is between Halsey (Cagney) and the candidate of air group commander (Richard Jaekel), when Jaekel says, "I thought I was alone." Cagney replies, "You were and you always will be."


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