Twelve O'Clock High

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In this story of the early days of daylight bombing raids over 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. --KC Hunt

  1. Sy Bartlett

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Beirne Lay Jr.

    Novel, Screenplay

  3. Henry King


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  1. Gregory Peck

    Gregory Peck

    Brigadier General Frank Savage

  2. Hugh Marlowe

    Hugh Marlowe

    Lieutenant Colonel Ben Gately

  3. Gary Merrill

    Gary Merrill

    Colonel Keith Davenport

  4. Millard Mitchell

    Millard Mitchell

    Major General Patrick Pritchard

  5. Dean Jagger

    Dean Jagger

    Major / Lieutenant Colonel Harvey Stovall

  6. Robert Arthur

    Robert Arthur

    Sergeant McIllhenny

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Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 12m

Budget -

Revenue $3,225,000.00

Homepage -

Release Information

  • December 21, 1949



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Under Pressure.

Twelve O'Clock High features one of Gregory Peck's best performances as Brigadier General Frank Savage, a tough no nonsense martinet brought in to shake up a World War II Bomber Squadron. The men are shattered emotionally and it is deemed their previous commander (Gary Merrill) has been soft with them, no chance of that with Savage, but is he himself taking too much on?

Split into two parts, the first half of pic deals with how a group of men in war time can reach their lowest ebb. Fear of the jinx, fear of cracking under the strain, these men are by definition demoralised... read the rest.

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