12 O'Clock High (1964–1967)

The Hero 

An ace pilot colonel and former instructor of Gen. Savage joins the 918th, but may be to be too independent which costs lives.


Ralph Senensky


Albert Aley, Beirne Lay Jr. (characters based on the novel) | 1 more credit »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Lansing ... Brig. Gen. Frank Savage
Frank Overton ... Maj. Harvey Stovall
James Whitmore ... Col. Paul 'Pappy' Hartley
Lew Gallo ... Maj. Joe Cobb
Barney Phillips ... Maj. Donald 'Doc' Kaiser
John Zaremba ... Gen. Homer Stoneman
William Cort William Cort ... Lt. Mason
William Arvin William Arvin ... Capt. Franklin
Pete Duel ... Lt. Ditchik (as Peter E. Deuel)
Jimmy Hayes Jimmy Hayes ... Lt. Hearn
Glenn Sipes Glenn Sipes ... Lt. Miller
James Beck James Beck ... Capt. Wayland
Nigel McKeand Nigel McKeand ... Radio Operator


After flying a desk in Washington for the first months of the war, Col. 'Pappy' Hartley, a decorated fighter ace of the First World War, arrives in England. He also happens to be one of Gen. Savage's most revered flight instructors from his training days. With the formation of a new bomb group needing an experienced commander, Savage is only too pleased to recommend Pappy as a candidate for the job. Full of freewheeling fighter pilot blood coursing through his veins, Pappy chafes at the regimentation of bomber duty. Blinded by his admiration for his mentor, Savage wrestles with the growing realization that Pappy is not cut from the right cloth, but is he too late to prevent a calamity? Written by Anonymous

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Drama | War





Release Date:

7 May 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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First of two appearances by James Whitmore. See more »

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