The Gallant Men (1962–1963)
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American Fifth Army captain Jim Benedict leads his company in a beach assault at Salerno, as Allied forces begin their push up the Italian peninsula. William Windom guest-stars as a ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

James Merriam Moore (story), Halsted Welles (teleplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Robert McQueeney Robert McQueeney ... Conley Wright
William Reynolds ... Capt. Jim Benedict
Robert Ridgely ... Lt. Frank Kimbro
Richard X. Slattery ... 1st Sgt. John McKenna
Eddie Fontaine Eddie Fontaine ... Pvt. Pete D'Angelo
Roland La Starza ... Pvt. Ernie Lucavich
Robert Gothie Robert Gothie ... Sam Hanson
Roger Davis ... Roger Gibson
William Windom ... Jake
Sharon Hugueny ... Rosa
Bill Quinn ... The Colonel (as William Quinn)
Robert Fortier Robert Fortier ... Capt. Jergens
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American Fifth Army captain Jim Benedict leads his company in a beach assault at Salerno, as Allied forces begin their push up the Italian peninsula. William Windom guest-stars as a disgraced major now serving incognito as a private in Benedict's unit -- a soldier determined to atone for transgressions committed earlier in the war during the North Africa campaign. Written by nk_gillen

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Action | War | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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1 July 2010 | by nk_gillenSee all my reviews

Director Robert Altman's final association with Warner Brothers' TV-production unit resulted in this successful pilot episode for the 1962-63 World War II series, which featured William Windom in a guest-starring role as an Army private with an interesting past. The episode begins with a beach assault at Salerno and ends as the Allies' drive inland to just within striking distance of San Pietro.

Though the action sequences for this premiere installment of "The Gallant Men" is marred with obvious stock footage from older WB war films -- most prominently William Wellman's "Darby's Rangers" (1958) and Michael Curtiz's "Force of Arms" (1951) -- the quieter scenes are handled deftly. Altman skillfully introduces the series' regular characters who will figure significantly in future episodes: battle-hardened veterans such as the romantic, crooning Italian-American lover-boy Private D'Angelo (Eddie Fontaine); the stocky, barrel-chested Private Lucavich (professional fighter Roland LaStarza); the wisecracking Private Hanson (Robert Gothie), and so forth.


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