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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.

Director:

Robert Montgomery
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey Jr.
Dennis Weaver ... Lt. Cmdr. Andy Lowe
Ward Costello Ward Costello ... Capt. Harry Black
Vaughn Taylor ... Cmdr. Mike Pulaski
Richard Jaeckel ... Lt. Cmdr. Roy Webb
Les Tremayne ... Capt. Frank Enright
Walter Sande ... Capt. Horace Keys
Karl Swenson ... Capt. Bill Bailey
Leon Lontoc ... Manuel
Robert Burton ... Maj. Gen. Roy Geiger
Carleton Young ... Col. Evans Carlson
Raymond Bailey ... Maj. Gen. Archie Vandergrift
Harry Landers ... Capt. Joseph Foss
Richard Carlyle ... Father Frederic Gehring
James Yagi James Yagi ... Rear Adm. Jiro Kobe
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

They Called Him the Bull of the Pacific...His Name Was Halsey..But the Enemy Spelled it Hell! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Though not seen in the movie one of the officers on Admiral Halsey staff was a Navy Captain by the name of John McCain, father of the late Senator. John McCain. See more »

Goofs

The timeline is convoluted. Events are compressed by many months, such as the Yamamoto interception (April 43) overlapping the naval battle of Guadalcanal (November 42.) See more »

Quotes

Fleet Admiral William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr.: Half a carrier is better than none.
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Connections

Featured in War Movie Blockbusters (2015) See more »

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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The Strain Of Command
4 December 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Helped in fact by an astonishing physical resemblance to Admiral William F. Halsey that audiences today can't appreciate, James Cagney in his next to last film before retirement makes a very believable and strained Bull Halsey recollecting those harrowing weeks during the seesaw battle for Guadalcanal.

If one is looking for battle scenes and lots of blood and gore skip this film. If one however would like to see a study about the strain of command than this film is ideal. Cagney drops all of the mannerisms that we normally associate with him in playing Admiral Halsey. It's a restrained and mature performance.

The Gallant Hours is also a tribute to the men of our fighting forces in the Pacific who took and held on to the key island of Guadalcanal in the Solomons and halted the Japanese in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations.

Director Robert Montgomery did the film in documentary style and at times you feel like you're in the brain of Admiral Halsey, weighing each decision he makes with him. The familiar voice you hear narrating is that of Montgomery who was no longer acting and now was mostly concerned with production and with political work for the Republican National Committee.

The Gallant Hours is a fine character study of one of America's greatest naval heroes and should not be missed.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

13 June 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Admiral Halsey Story See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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