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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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
Straightforward black and white World War II battlefield biography about U.S. Navy Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey with zero combat scenes makes it a rough going 116 minutes despite an outstanding James Cagney as Halsey. Dennis "Chester" Weaverminus his limp from "Gunsmoke"--played his aide. Warning: if you watch this respectable war film, prepare yourself for a male chorus cooing behind the scenes in reverence. After the first 10 minutes, that cooing gets pretty thick. Director Robert Montgomery, who fought in World War II in the European Theater of Operations, reenacts everything in a semi-documentary style and adds to the film's overall sense of credibility. Nevertheless, this Hollywood epic ought to be a regular film on the History Channel because it doesn't deviate from the facts.
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