12 O'Clock High (1964–1967)

Here's to Courageous Cowards 

Gen. Savage has to handle a major who's burning himself out after 35 missions and a conscientious objector corporal who still joined the Air Force.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Brig. Gen. Frank Savage
... Maj. Harvey Stovall
... Cpl. Ross Lawrence (as Brandon de Wilde)
... Maj. Joe Morse (as Gerald O'Loughlin)
... Captain Wilson
... Sgt. Jimmy Smith
John Newton ... Sergeant Meadows
Michael Harris ... Ground Crew Chief


Corporal Lawrence, a mild-mannered desk clerk, stows away aboard a B-17 to try his hand as a gunner and actually turns out to have a good eye. Major Morse, the pilot and group commander when Savage isn't flying, is so impressed, he urges Lawrence to get accelerated training and become a full time crew member. To his dismay, Lawrence balks at the offer, and Morse subsequently learns that he was a conscientious objector before he enlisted. With a distinguished service record and a penchant for driving himself and his crews hard in battle, Morse is infuriated with Lawrence and pressures him to become a combatant. But Morse must also deal with the enormous pressure he has placed on himself as it starts to erode his judgment and cost the lives of more and more men. Written by alexk-6

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Drama | War




Release Date:

4 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As the dead and wounded are taken off Major Morse's plane, Captain Wilson comments about the "corpsmen". "Corpsman" is a Navy/Marine Corps term. The Army term is "medic". See more »

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