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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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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:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Under an agreement with Cagney-Montgomery Productions, Admiral Halsey was to receive 10% of the profits from this film. See more »

Goofs

At one point, when ADM Halsey (then still a VADM in the movie) is meeting with his force (air/ground) commanders on-board ship, we hear eight bells to signify the end of a watch. This would put the time at either 8, 12, or 4 (a.m. or p.m.), yet moments later there is a shot of Halsey (Cagney) with a ships clock in the background on the wall of his office/quarters and the time is 10:30, (1030 or 2230 if it is a 24 hour clock) which would be 5 bells. 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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Job well done. A must for war buffs.
20 October 2001 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Robert Montgomery directs this brief, but informative study of Adm. William F. 'Bull' Halsey Jr. in the Pacific during WWII. James Cagney is super as the highly decorated and revered Fleet Commander. Stoic, stern, confident and compassionate...Cagney in one of his best film performances.

Supporting cast is a mix of veteran actors and younger stars: Walter Sande, Les Tremayne, Dennis Weaver, Richard Jaeckel, James Yagi, Robert Burton and Ward Costello.


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