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Twelve O'Clock High -- This gritty World War II action drama staring Gregory Peck, Oscar winner Dean Jagger, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill and Millard Mitchell is seen as one of the most realistic portrayals of the heroics and perils of war.
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Director:
Writers:
Sy Bartlett (screenplay) and
Beirne Lay Jr. (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
13 February 1950 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A story of twelve men as their women never knew them...
Plot:
A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A fine memorial to the men of the 8th Air Force. See more (120 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Gen. Frank Savage

Hugh Marlowe ... Lt. Col. Ben Gately

Gary Merrill ... Col. Keith Davenport

Millard Mitchell ... Gen. Pritchard

Dean Jagger ... Maj. Harvey Stovall

Robert Arthur ... Sgt. McIllhenny

Paul Stewart ... Capt. 'Doc' Kaiser
John Kellogg ... Maj. Cobb
Robert Patten ... Lt. Bishop (as Bob Patten)
Lee MacGregor ... Lt. Zimmerman

Sam Edwards ... Birdwell
Roger Anderson ... Interrogation Officer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Blunt ... Officer (uncredited)
William Bryant ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Steve Clark ... Clerk in Antique Shop (uncredited)
Russ Conway ... Operations Officer (uncredited)
Campbell Copelin ... Mr. Britton (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... RAF Officer (uncredited)
Lawrence Dobkin ... Capt. Twombley (uncredited)
George Edwards ... Officer (uncredited)
Robert Fisher ... Savage's Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Stanley Fraser ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Bert Freed ... Officer Standing at Bar (uncredited)
Greg Gallagher ... Officer (uncredited)
Don Gaudagno ... Dwight - Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Don Giovanni ... Cobb's Co-Pilot (uncredited)

Don Gordon ... First Patient in Base Hospital (uncredited)
Don Hicks ... Lt Wilson (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ... Corporal Bartender at Officer's Club (uncredited)

Barry Jones ... Lord Haw-Haw (voice) (uncredited)
Harry Lauter ... Radio Officer (uncredited)
Joyce Mackenzie ... Nurse (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Corporal (uncredited)
John McKee ... Operations Officer (uncredited)
Peter Ortiz ... Weather Observer (uncredited)

Paul Picerni ... Bombardier (uncredited)
Nelson Scott ... Gately's Co-Pilot (uncredited)
William Short ... Lt. Pettinghill (uncredited)
John Shulick ... Navigator (uncredited)
Bob Tidwell ... Bishop's Co-Pilot (uncredited)

Kenneth Tobey ... Sgt. Keller - Guard at Gate (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Barman (uncredited)
Patrick Whyte ... Clerk (uncredited)
John Zilly ... Sgt. Ernie - Gen. Savage's Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry King 
 
Writing credits
Sy Bartlett (screenplay) and
Beirne Lay Jr. (screenplay)

Beirne Lay Jr. (novel) and
Sy Bartlett (novel)

Henry King  uncredited

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Bruce MacDonald  (as Bruce Macdonald)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Roy Stork .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... production manager (uncredited)
R.L. Hough .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
F.E. 'Johnny' Johnston .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Thomas T. Moulton .... sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Paul Mantz .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
John McKee .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Red Crawford .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Graham .... grip (uncredited)
F. Bud Mautino .... camera operator (uncredited)
Leo McCreary .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John H. deRussy .... technical advisor: air force
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
John W. Adams .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Teresa Brachetto .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
132 min
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Color:
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:L | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Norway:16 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #13818) | USA:TV-PG (tv rating) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
This film is used by the U.S. Navy as an example of leadership styles in its Leadership and Management Training School. The Air Force's College for Enlisted Professional Military Education also uses this film as a education aid in its Noncommissioned Officer Academies. The film has also been used for leadership training in civilian non-military seminars.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: On the ball bearing bombing mission the camera shows a close up of the exterior of the cockpits of Picadilly Lilly, Reluctant Dragon and Fluffy Fuzzy. All shots show each plane's nose art above the navigator's windows to identify the different planes and crews. Actual nose art was painted below the navigator's windows.See more »
Quotes:
Major Harvey Stovall:That is not why I am drunk tonight. I got drunk because I am confused. I was thinking, which is a thing a man should not do, and all at once I couldn't remember what any of them looked like. I, I couldn't see their faces, Bishop, Cobb, Wilson, Zimmy, all of them. All of you. They all looked alike, just one face. And it was very young. It confused me. I think I shall stay drunk until I'm not confused anymore.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Star Wars (1977)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bless 'em AllSee more »

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85 out of 88 people found the following review useful.
A fine memorial to the men of the 8th Air Force., 9 December 2004
Author: smiley-39 (tonyfrederickcox@googlemail.com) from Liverpool England

Of all the movies to come out of Hollywood covering world war two, I place this one, which I first saw in 1950, in the top-draw category. From the very start when the credits start rolling, the opening music seemed to fit perfectly; instead of the era-splitting noise they have hit us with in recent years. The old wartime, "Bless 'em All" and, "Don't sit under the apple tree", heard in the background, as Dean Jagger, now a civilian, slowly takes a nostalgic walk out onto the weed-covered, oil-stained runway to remember gallant times of the 918th Bomb Group, now past.

Gregory Peck as Brigadier General Frank Savage did great credit to this role, and deserved an Oscar. From the moment he enters the base and tears into the guard at the gate for casually waving him through, you know he's going to be a S.O.B. Dean Jagger as Major Stovall, the lawyer in uniform now Ground Executive Officer knows how to handle the paperwork after the first sobering face to face encounter with with Savage. That Jagger won the Oscar as best supporting actor, was well deserved indeed. Gary Merrill as Colonel Keith Davenport, the too popular Group CO, very good. Hugh Marlowe as Lt Colonel Ben Gately, who flew too many missions from behind a desk, placed on the rack by Savage with the other bomb group deadbeats and foul ups, handles his role well. Then their's Millard Mitchell as Major General Pritchard, displaying a commanding presence, and Paul Stewart as Doc Kaiser, also well portrayed.

There are no false heroics in this movie. No blood and guts all over the silver screen. And no routine world war two, hard boiled, go-get-'em dialogue to spoil it. The authors, Sy Bartlett and Beirne Lay. wrote an excellent screenplay. They did the film a favour, they deleted General Savage's love interest that appeared in their fine novel. I don't think it would have added anything to the movie at all. Maybe what surprised a lot of moviegoers who had not read the book before seeing the movie, was Savage's mental breakdown; freezing suddenly at the hatch as he attempted to heave himself aboard the B-17. It was so unexpected of him after showing such ice-cold nerves

What rounded out this impressive movie was the insertion of the air combat footage shot over Europe during the actual daylight operations. This documentary footage crowned a very fine achievement. One of Henry King's best; a professional effort indeed. The thread of sincerity in this war movie runs deep.

The reason I found the movie so engrossing was, as a teenager, on the sidelines of the war, I saw more than one B-17 stagger home and belly in on a wing and a prayer. This movie was loaded with integrity from the beginning to the end credits. I'm sure the gallant gentlemen who flew with the Eighth Air Force over enemy-occupied Europe would be of the same opinion. It is a kind of monument to those warriors.

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