The Gallant Men

The Gallant Men is a 1962–1963 ABC television series which depicted an infantry company of American soldiers fighting their way through Italy in World War II.

The Gallant Men
William Reynolds and Robert McQueeney in The Gallant Men
Created byRichard Bluel
StarringWilliam Reynolds
Robert McQueeney
Country of originUSA
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producer(s)William T. Orr
Gordon Bau (make-up)
Running time60 minutes
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 5, 1962 
June 1, 1963

Description

The company commander was Capt. Jim Benedict, played by William Reynolds, who later appeared in the long-running series, The F.B.I. Their exploits were narrated by a newspaper correspondent Conley Wright, played by Robert McQueeney who accompanied them on their missions. The show lasted only one season. It succumbed to tough competition from the other networks and so-so responses from critics and audiences. The show also faced unfavorable comparisons with ABC's other World War II series launched the same year, Combat!.

The Gallant Men tended to be formulaic in plotting and characterization, with such stereotypes as ladies' man PFC Pete D'Angelo (played by Eddie Fontaine), hard-as-nails Sgt. John McKenna (Richard X. Slattery), and inseparable buddies Pvt. Ernie Lucavich (Roland La Starza) and Pvt. Sam Hanson (Robert Gothie). The regular cast would unrealistically dispatch large numbers of German troops while experiencing minimal or no injuries themselves in the Italian campaign, where historically the Allies suffered heavy casualties from determined German resistance that lasted until the end of World War II in Europe.

The series not only featured stock footage from Warner Bros. war films such as Force of Arms and Darby's Rangers but also used scenes from A Walk in the Sun.

Regular cast

Actor/Character
William Reynolds Capt. Jim Benedict
Robert McQueeney Conley Wright
Robert Ridgely Lt. Frank Kimbro
Richard X. Slattery 1st Sgt. John McKenna
Eddie Fontaine PFC Pete D'Angelo
Roland La Starza Pvt. Ernie Lucavich
Roger Davis Pvt. Roger Gibson
Robert Gothie Pvt. Sam Hanson

Episode list

No. Title Initial airing Director Writer(s)
1Battle ZoneOctober 5, 1962Robert AltmanHalsted Welles
2Retreat to ConcordOctober 12, 1962Richard C. SarafianWilliam Bruckner
3And Cain Cried OutOctober 19, 1962Charles R. RondeauKen Pettus
4The Ninety-Eight Cent ManOctober 26, 1962Richard C. SarafianRichard L. Adams
5One Moderately Peaceful SundayNovember 2, 1962Richard C. SarafianMontgomery Pittman
6Lesson for a Lover with Dennis CrossNovember 9, 1962Charles R. RondeauRichard Landau & Jerry Davis
7And the End of Evil ThingsNovember 16, 1962Richard C. SarafianDavid Lang
8Some Tears Fall DryNovember 23, 1962Charles R. RondeauDon Tait
9Fury in a Quiet VillageNovember 30, 1962Richard C. SarafianStephen Lord
10Signals for an End RunDecember 7, 1962Richard C. SarafianDavid Giler & Berne Giler
11RobertinoDecember 14, 1962Charles R. RondeauHerman Groves
12Advance and Be RecognizedDecember 29, 1962Robert TottenJames O'Hanlon & George O'Hanlon
13To Hold Up a MirrorJanuary 5, 1963Charles Smith
14Boast Not of TomorrowJanuary 12, 1963Charles R. RondeauKen Pettus
15The Dogs of WarJanuary 19, 1963Charles R. RondeauJason Wingreen & Ken Pettus
16The BridgeJanuary 26, 1963Herman Groves
17The LeathernecksFebruary 2, 1963
18Next of KinFebruary 9, 1963Robert SparrKen Pettus
19Operation SecretFebruary 16, 1963Robert SparrRichard Landau
20The WarriorsFebruary 23, 1963
21One Puka PukaMarch 2, 1963David Lang
22Ol´ BuddyMarch 9, 1963
23A Taste of PeaceMarch 16, 1963Ken Pettus
24The CrucibleMarch 23, 1963
25TommyMarch 30, 1963James O'Hanlon & George O'Hanlon
26A Place to Die (with Michael Parks and Roger Davis)June 1, 1963Charles R. RondeauHerman Groves

DVD release

On July 24, 2012, Warner Bros. released The Gallant Men: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection.[1] This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively in the US and only through Warner's online store.

Tie-ins

References

  1. Gallant Men, The: Complete Collection
  2. Playset Magazine, Issue 68, March/April 2013, "The Gallant Men Play Sets."
  3. Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  4. "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1967-01-02. Retrieved 2019-02-17.
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