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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:
1950 (UK) 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 »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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I was an air-cre- member of the 306th Bomb Group(BG) the model for the 918 BG and I have been impressed with the movei ever since it came out. See more (122 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... General Savage

Hugh Marlowe ... Lt. Col. Ben Gately

Gary Merrill ... Col. Davenport

Millard Mitchell ... General Pritchard

Dean Jagger ... Major Stovall

Robert Arthur ... Sgt. McIllhenny

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

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 (set decorations)
Bruce MacDonald (set decorations) (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
Bridgid O'Donnell .... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
 
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 adviser: Air Force (as John H. deRussy Colonel U.S.A.F. Group Operations Officer 305th Bomb Group Chelveston England 1942)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... presenter
John W. Adams .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Teresa Brachetto .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:Livre | 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 (MPAA rating: certificate #13818) | USA:TV-PG (tv rating) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
"Twelve O'Clock High" is an example of a pilot's enemy position call. During World War II pilots would call-out the positions of enemy airplanes by referring to their bearings via the use of a pretend face of a clock. In this case, 12 O'Clock meant the enemy was directly ahead, whereas 6 O'Clock would mean directly behind. "High" or "Low" referred to whether the enemy was above or below the airplane respectively. "Even" meant that the enemy was level with the pilot's plane.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: During the aerial combat scenes of the movie's last mission, actual WWII combat footage is randomly inserted to add realism. However, three of these clips clearly show a closeup of an American P-47 fighter attacking the B-17's.See more »
Quotes:
Maj. Gen. Ben Pritchard:I guess I don't have to tell you what's coming, Frank. I'm promising you nothing except a job no man should have to do who's already had more than his share of combat. I've gotta ask you to take nice kids and fly them until they can't take any more, and then put 'em back in and fly 'em some more. We've got to try to find out just what a maximum effort is. How much a man can take and get it all.
[sighs]
Maj. Gen. Ben Pritchard:I don't even know if any man can do it. That's what cracked Keith.
[pause]
Maj. Gen. Ben Pritchard:What time do you think you can get down there tomorrow?
[...]
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142 out of 150 people found the following review useful.
I was an air-cre- member of the 306th Bomb Group(BG) the model for the 918 BG and I have been impressed with the movei ever since it came out., 30 April 2002
Author: corig20

The picture brings back the memories of excitement, terror and relief. Its a picture that the authors bring out. I knew the commanding officer portrayed by Gregory Peck, a Colonel Frank Armstrong, a replacement for Col. Overacker. Gregory Peck was a BG. The only error I saw was in the MGDb write up. Your article sites the planes as B-24 rather than B-17. We were first division originally sent to England to be transferred to North Africa. The 918 Bomb Group in the picture is 3 times 306 = 918 thats how they identified them. We had 87% casualty rate; 287 of us flew to England on Oct 21 1942, 87 survived, and are passing away rapidly now. I was 19 as a bombardier-navigator,flew two tours; the second was a pilot. The picture is my ideal. I have three copies of it and view whenever I feel depressed. Thanks for my connection of the past Im78 and need a boost eversince I gave up drinking and smoking. Horace Corigliano

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