12 O'Clock High: Season 3, Episode 1

Gauntlet of Fire (9 Sep. 1966)

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After a grueling series of 21 missions in 30 days, the 918th is finally ordered to stand down for a badly needed 10-day rest. Unfortunately, the order is rescinded almost immediately as the... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Burke ...
Chris Robinson ...
Lt. Col. Christy
Linden Chiles ...
Capt. Bluitt
Tim McIntire ...
Lt. Wallach
Barney Phillips ...
Ron Foster ...
Capt. Borega
Paul Newlan ...
Lt. General Pritchard
Richard O'Brien ...
Ivor Barry ...
Air Marshal Kingsford
Byron Morrow ...
Brigadier General Adcock
Walter Friedel ...
Wounded German
Michael Harris ...
Duty Sergeant


After a grueling series of 21 missions in 30 days, the 918th is finally ordered to stand down for a badly needed 10-day rest. Unfortunately, the order is rescinded almost immediately as the Group is to be included in a force-wide campaign in preparation for a highly classified mission. Hamstrung by the secrecy, Gallagher is forced to order his men back into the skies without explanation or promise of respite. To make matters worse, the 918th is given the ungratifying task of dropping leaflets instead of bombs four times a day for three straight days. As the losses and casualties mount, the morale of the Group collapses into near anarchy, and the men start to take their frustration out on each other, as well as the apparent source of the senselessness - Col. Gallagher. Written by alexk-6

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Drama | War




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9 September 1966 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Good as it gets.
7 May 2013 | by (Reno, Nevada) – See all my reviews

The first episode of season three is color! They did a first rate job of blending color footage of B-17's; much of it is new footage instead of the stock take off and landings we can become so familiar with. This story gives us combat, drama, melo-drama, taunt characterizations across the board. I'm developing an admiration for Paul Burke's work heretofore over shadowed by Robt Lansing's General Savage. The director gets top quality performances from everyone and Paul Burke gives, in my opinion, his finest portrayal of Col. Gallager. He must obey orders and convey those orders to his strung out crews. He's being hamstrung by secrectcy and crucified by air crews coming apart at the seams. Even the ground crews' problems are illustrated not just alluded to. This is one of the tightest character-driven episodes of the series. All I will say more is, I give this show two thumbs way up. You watch and see for yourself. Every word of dialog is strategic. Don't leave the room till the closing credits have run, Roberta In Reno. I get up at 3:50 am to watch this show.

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