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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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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 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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

13 June 1960 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Admiral See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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

Richard Jaeckel's character, Lt. Cdr. Roy Webb, introduces himself as CO of Fighting Squadron 11. In fact, Group 11 did not arrive in the Solomons until c. April 1943. In the period of the movie, USS Hornet's fighter squadron was VF-72. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in What's My Line?: James Cagney (1960) 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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Superb drama that is more about leadership than warfare.
18 October 1999 | by AnthonyM-2See all my reviews

This classic film is about Admiral Halsey's leadership of the US forces in the South Pacific during the early part of World War II. The film is more about leadership than warfare. Combat is not depicted on screen, so this film would not appeal to those who seek lots of action. I strongly recommend the film, especially to history buffs.


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