#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: 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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Cagney as Halsey
Except for a few shots of planes and ships, “The Gallant Hours” mostly takes place in fairly stark room sets, and feels a little like a photographed stage play.
The film overcomes any shortcomings with James Cagney’s performance as William F. Halsey Jr., a leader who literally had the fate of a number of nations on his shoulders, including mine, Australia. Cagney not only looks like his subject, but also seems to be channelling him.
The film brings home that the United States victory over the Japanese in the Solomon Islands in 1942 was a close run thing. Although sometimes outnumbered, daring strategy, brilliant codebreaking and courage turned the tide. This was before the full mobilisation of America’s industrial might and manpower had by 1945 virtually made the Pacific an American lake.
The director of “The Gallant Hours”, Robert Montgomery started as an actor, but he was also a decorated naval officer in WW2. He was a strong character and once admonished John Ford on the set of “They Were Expendable” for belittling John Wayne in front of the cast for not enlisting during the war.
Maybe it was just as well Montgomery didn’t include battle scenes in “The Gallant Hours” because they would have been either the bathtub model effects of that CGI-less era or would have incorporated documentary footage, which never integrated seamlessly.
The film has a memorable hymn-like theme sung a Capella by a male choir: “Away He Went”. However even Miklos Rozsa may have been wary of using so much reverence so often in his score for “King of Kings”.
The film reminds Australians and New Zealanders how much is owed to those Americans who put it on the line in the Solomon Islands in 1942. But now, in 2018, it seems another nation is following Imperial Japan’s old path down through the South China Sea and into the Pacific, albeit with artificial islands and debt entrapment instead of torpedoes and 16-inch shells, but relentlessly nonetheless.
During a visit to New Zealand in 1954, the retired Halsey said something about those crucial battles in the Solomons that may seem more prescient now…
“I hope we never have to do anything like that again. But if we do, I hope we are all together again. We certainly formed a wonderful team that time, I’m sure we could do it again if we had to. And God help us if we ever have to do it again”.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 55 min (115 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, War
Director Robert Montgomery
Writer Beirne Lay Jr., Frank D. Gilroy
Actors James Cagney, Dennis Weaver, Ward Costello
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm