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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 ... 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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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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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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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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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 »

Goofs

The film uses F6F Hellcat fighter planes, which were not in combat service in 1942. Also, the F6Fs used in the film have wing-tip fuel tanks, which were a post-war innovation, not used in WWII. See more »

Quotes

Fleet Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.: There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet.
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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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