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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 overview, first billed only:
Lt. Cmdr. Andy Lowe
Ward Costello ...
Capt. Harry Black
Cmdr. Mike Pulaski
Lt. Cmdr. Roy Webb
Capt. Frank Enright
Capt. Horace Keys
Capt. Bill Bailey
Leon Lontoc ...
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! See more »


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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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 »


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


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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The Gallant Hours Theme
Words and Music by Ward Costello
Sung by Roger Wagner Chorale (as The Roger Wagner Chorale)
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Job well done. A must for war buffs.
20 October 2001 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

Robert Montgomery directs this brief, but informative study of Adm. William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr. in the Pacific during WWII. James Cagney is super as the highly decorated and revered Fleet Commander. Stoic, stern, confident and compassionate...Cagney in one of his best film performances.

Supporting cast is a mix of veteran actors and younger stars: Walter Sande, Les Tremayne, Dennis Weaver, Richard Jaeckel, James Yagi, Robert Burton and Ward Costello.

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