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Her Twelve Men (1954)

Approved | | Comedy , Drama | 11 August 1954 (USA)
An inexperienced female teacher is hired at a private elite school for boys where she raises a few eyebrows among the all-male faculty.


Robert Z. Leonard


Louise Baker (story), William Roberts | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greer Garson ... Jan Stewart
Robert Ryan ... Joe Hargrave
Barry Sullivan ... Richard Y. Oliver, Sr.
Richard Haydn ... Dr. Avord Barrett
Barbara Lawrence ... Barbara Dunning
James Arness ... Ralph Munsey
Rex Thompson ... Homer Curtis
Tim Considine ... Richard Y. Oliver, Jr.
David Stollery ... Jeff Carlin
Frances Bergen ... Sylvia Carlin
Ian Wolfe ... Roger Frane
Donald MacDonald ... Bobby Lennox
Dale Hartleben Dale Hartleben ... Kevin Ellison Clark III
Ivan Triesault ... Erik Haldeman
Stuffy Singer Stuffy Singer ... James Tracy 'Jimmy' Travers


Jan Stewart, a new teacher at The Oaks, a boys' boarding school, becomes instructor and mother-figure to a class of twelve. She must overcome the disapproval of Joe Hargrave, head of the lower school, who has misgivings about Jan's inexperience. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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The most unusual picture of her career! In Gorgeous Color


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

11 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Baker's Dozen See more »


Box Office


$1,534,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$817,000, 31 December 1954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,418,000, 31 December 1954
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Anscocolor) (negative)| Color (Technicolor) (prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film failed at the box-office, resulting in a loss for MGM of one hundred sixteen thousand dollars (over one million dollars in 2017) according to studio records. See more »


Referenced in A Star Is Born World Premiere (1954) See more »

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Mainly for Garson fans
23 September 2011 | by misctidsandbitsSee all my reviews

Greer Garson is my favorite actress of all times, bar none. So many stars have looks and/or charisma, which exceed their talent. They achieve box office draw with these charms, but not so much on critical review. To me, Ms. Garson has it all -- and, as a matter of record, she has scored in both categories. She has such a dimensional, charming presentation, making her fascinating to watch. Along with that, she is quite skillful in portrayal.

Perhaps the reviewer who mentioned Ms. Garson's color films forgot "That Forsyte Woman" from 1949. She did a Disney film much later, "The Happiest Millionaire" with Fred MacMurray, which was of course in color.

This film - Her Twelve Men - is perhaps one of the few weak links in her chain of memorable films. The problem of diminishing offerings became a rueful experience for every Hollywood actress during those decades of studio contracts. As has been stated here, she likely did it to fulfill her contract and to keep working.

Also, as the decade wore on, films became more daring, and Ms. Garson shunned the nudity and coarseness that was being introduced. She is credited with saying that motion pictures should reflect up to the sky, not down to the ground. I appreciate that sentiment. It was shared by others at that time as well.

I think you have to appreciate Ms. Garson to go this film. It's just so boring. And, I just can't like Robert Ryan. A smile seems to be a rarity for his face. He has a critical sort of look while in repose, and appears downright nasty in his negative scenes. He seems very unattractive to me in general, mainly because of this.

If you have any competition for viewing at the time this one comes up, I'd recommend going with the other one. It's not that it is so badly done particularly; it's just such a weak theme in general.

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