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.
A Commander receives a citation for an attack on General Erwin Rommel's headquarters, which is actually undeserved, as the Commander is unfit for his job. On top of that, unbeknownst to him, his wife is having an affair with one of his officers.
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
Under an agreement with Cagney-Montgomery Productions, Admiral Halsey was to receive 10% of the profits from this film. See more »
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 »
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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