The Gallant Hours (1960)
As he retires from the U.S. Navy, Admiral William J. Halsey (James Cagney) recalls the most daunting challenge in his career: the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. Ordered to replace a close friend as fleet admiral, Halsey faces a wily and fierce adversary in Japan's Admiral Yamamoto, and spends the grueling months of the campaign confounding expectations of both the enemy and his own staff. Pained by the losses he knows they will endure, Halsey pushes his forces to the brink.
Starring: James Cagney, Robert Montgomery, Dennis Weaver
Viewer Review: "James Cagney bears an astonishing physical resemblance to Admiral William F. Halsey that some audiences today can't appreciate, James Cagney in his next to last film before retirement makes a very believable and strained Bull Halsey recollecting those harrowing weeks during the seesaw battle for Guadalcanal. This is an excellent study about the strain of command. Cagney drops all of the mannerisms that we normally associate with him in playing Admiral Halsey. It's a restrained and mature performance. The Gallant Hours is a fine character study of one of America's greatest naval heroes and should not be missed."
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