The Gallant Hours

Overview

The "mutual admiration society" consisting of actor James Cagney and actor/director Robert Montgomery culminated in the 1960 film The Gallant Hours. Cagney stars as war hero Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey. On the verge of retirement, Halsey recalls his most fateful wartime experience: his five-week showdown between himself and Japanese Admiral Yamamoto James T. Goto in 1942. In command of the American naval forces in the Pacific, Halsey scores a crucial, tide-turning victory at Guadalcanal. In concentrating on ...
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Overview

The "mutual admiration society" consisting of actor James Cagney and actor/director Robert Montgomery culminated in the 1960 film The Gallant Hours. Cagney stars as war hero Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey. On the verge of retirement, Halsey recalls his most fateful wartime experience: his five-week showdown between himself and Japanese Admiral Yamamoto James T. Goto in 1942. In command of the American naval forces in the Pacific, Halsey scores a crucial, tide-turning victory at Guadalcanal. In concentrating on the participants rather than the battle itself, The Gallant Hours is a character study of a remarkable American. The a cappella "score" performed by Ken Darby and the King's Men Quartet is a matter of taste.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An unusual war film, The Gallant Hours is notable for the restraint with which it conducts itself. As a biography of the man who turned Guadalcanal into a stunning U.S. victory, Gallant would seem a natural for epic, intense scenes of battle and for the kind of macho posturing that can sometimes be found in war films. Instead, director Robert Montgomery and writers Frank D. Gilroy and Beirne Lay, Jr. opt to exclude almost all battle footage and to focus on the behind-the-scenes drama and, in this case, the man that holds the cards in the conflict and must decide how to play them. It's a bold, brave choice, and while those expecting a typical war film will be disappointed, those who savor character development and the drama of subtle expression will be well rewarded. Despite the intentions of its director and writers, Gallant would be a much lesser film with someone other than James Cagney in the lead. His performance is a treasure, a quiet, nuanced, deeply thought out and deeply felt performance that is nevertheless powerful and moving. He builds tension and drama in the most underhanded, marvelous way, and his work here is solid gold. Gallant is not without flaws, including needless narration and a tendency to drag in places. But its assets definitely outweigh its demerits.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2011
  • UPC: 883904219521
  • Original Release: 1960
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,885

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey, Jr.
Dennis Weaver Lt. Cmdr. Andy Lowe
Ward Costello Capt. Harry Black
Richard Jaeckel Lt. Cmdr. Roy Webb
Les Tremayne Capt. Frank Enright
James T. Goto Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
Robert Burton Maj. Gen. Roy Geiger
Raymond Bailey Maj. Gen. Archie Vandergrift
Carl Benton Reid Vice Adm. Robert Ghormley
Walter Sande Capt. Horace Keys
Karl Swenson Capt. Bill Bailey
Vaughn Taylor Cmdr. Mike Pulaski
Harry Landers Capt. Joe Foss
Richard Carlyle Fr. Gehring
James Yagi Rear Adm. Jiro Kobe
John R. McKee Lt. Harrison Ludlum
John Zaremba Maj. Gen. Harmon
Carleton Young Col. Evans Carlson
William Schallert Capt. Tom Lamphier
Nelson Leigh Adm. Callaghan
Herbert Lytton Adm. Murray
Tyler McVey Adm. Ernest J. King
Arthur Gilmore Voice Only
Selmar Jackson Adm. Chester Nimitz
Leon Lontoc Manuel
Robert Montgomery
Sydney Smith Adm. Scott
Technical Credits
Robert Montgomery Director, Producer
James Cagney Producer
Ward Costello Score Composer
Frank D. Gilroy Screenwriter
James T. Goto Consultant/advisor
Wiard Ihman Art Director
Wiard Ihnen Art Director
Lt. Beirne Lay Jr. Screenwriter
Joe MacDonald Cinematographer
Jack Martell Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Frederick Y. Smith Editor
Finn Ulback Special Effects
Roger Wagner Score Composer
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