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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:
Ward Costello ...
Capt. Harry Black
Cmdr. Mike Pulaski
Lt. Cmdr. Roy Webb
Capt. Frank Enright
Capt. Horace Keys
Capt. Bill Bailey
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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13 June 1960 (Sweden)  »

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 the beginning of the move its stated that he retired on 22 November 1945. Halsey actually retired in March 1947. 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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Historical Significance
17 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

A very good film. Not a lot of typical war-movie action, but a film of considerable historic interest. A film made in documentary style and based closely on facts can certainly hold the viewer's attention, and this film does that extremely well. The only criticism I have concerns the one scene where Halsey sends his admiral's stars to the respective widows of Rear Admirals Scott and Callahan. It gives a somewhat insensitive impression that the two admirals died so that Admiral Halsey could receive his promotion to five-star Fleet Admiral. That, of course, was not the case. One of the many good aspects of this film is it's casting. Cagney is ideal for the role of Halsey, and Dennis Weaver thoroughly shines playing the part of Halsey's pilot.

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