Twelve O'Clock High ()

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A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.

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General Savage
Lt. Col. Ben Gately
Col. Davenport
General Pritchard
Major Stovall
Sgt. McIllhenny
Maj. 'Doc' Kaiser
Major Cobb
Lt. Bishop (as Bob Patten)
Lee MacGregor ...
Lt. Zimmerman (as Lee Mac Gregor)
Roger Anderson ...
Interrogation Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Blunt ...
Officer (uncredited)
Radio Operator (uncredited)
Clerk in Antique Shop (uncredited)
Operations Officer (uncredited)
Campbell Copelin ...
Mr. Britton (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ...
RAF Officer (uncredited)
Capt. Twombley (uncredited)
George Edwards ...
Officer (uncredited)
Robert Fisher ...
Savage's Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Stanley Fraser ...
Cab Driver (uncredited)
Officer Standing at Bar (uncredited)
Greg Gallagher ...
Officer (uncredited)
Don Gaudagno ...
Dwight - Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Don Giovanni ...
Cobb's Co-Pilot (uncredited)
First Patient in Base Hospital (uncredited)
Don Hicks ...
Lt Wilson (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ...
Corporal Bartender at Officer's Club (uncredited)
Lord Haw-Haw (uncredited) (voice)
Radio Officer (uncredited)
Nurse (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ...
Corporal (uncredited)
John McKee ...
Operations Officer (uncredited)
Peter Ortiz ...
Weather Observer (uncredited)
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)
Sgt. Keller - Guard at Gate (uncredited)
Barman (uncredited)
Clerk (uncredited)
John Zilly ...
Sgt. Ernie - Gen. Savage's Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

Henry King

Written by

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

Music by

Alfred Newman

Cinematography by

Leon Shamroy ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Barbara McLean

Editorial Department

Lyman Hallowell ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

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


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)

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)
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Plot Summary

In this story of the early days of daylight bombing raids over Nazi Germany, General Frank Savage must take command of a "hard luck" bomber group. Much of the story deals with his struggle to whip his group into a disciplined fighting unit in spite of heavy losses, and withering attacks by German fighters over their targets. Actual combat footage is used in this tense war drama. Written by KC Hunt

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Also Known As
  • 12 O'Clock High (World-wide, English title)
  • Un homme de fer (France)
  • Der Kommandeur (Germany)
  • Almas en la hoguera (Spain)
  • Inamic la ora 12 (Romania)
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  • 132 min
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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. This film is also used as a teaching tool for leadership at the Army Command and General Staff College. The film has also been used for leadership training in civilian non-military seminars. It is used at the Harvard Business School as a case study in how to effect change in organizations. See more »
Goofs When Doc is telling General Savage about Gately at the coffee bar, a fly is clearly visible buzzing very close to his face, but the actor doesn't break character. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into All This and World War II (1976). See more »
Soundtracks Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1949 See more »
Quotes Major 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.
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