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The Gallant Hours (1960)

 -  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 ... See full summary »

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Lt. Cmdr. Andy Lowe
Ward Costello ...
Capt. Harry Black
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Cmdr. Mike Pulaski
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Capt. Horace Keys
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Manuel
Robert Burton ...
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Col. Evans Carlson
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Father Frederic Gehring
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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. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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navy | naval battle

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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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Isoroku Yamamoto lost his index and middle fingers on his left hand while serving aboard the cruiser Nisshin at the battle of Tsushima in 1905. The character portraying Yamamoto in The Gallant Hours has all his fingers. See more »

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Fleet Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.: Half a carrier is better than none.
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 15 May 1960 (1960) See more »

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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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A Military Movie Classic
19 July 2000 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

This is a surprisingly engaging war film, considering there are no action scenes. The movie is well-acted, although Dennis Weaver's "Chester" accent is a bit over-the-top. Cagney is superb as Admiral Halsey, in my opinion his best role ever. His understated pain in ordering only a 'routine' search for his missing son is beautiful, and the heart-to-heart with Roy Webb over the day's combat losses is a textbook lesson in the responsibilities of command. The use of the off-screen narrator in lieu of subtitles to present the Japanese side of the issue is tremendously effective; one wishes it had been used in other films as well. Although there are no combat scenes in the movie, the suspense is palpable as the command staff lives the battle through the air-to-air and ship-to-ship transmissions of men fighting for their lives.

For the war movie or history buff, or the die-hard Cagney fan, this is a fine movie!


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