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Twelve o'Clock High

Twelve o'Clock High

Henry King (1949)

126min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
To watch Gregory Peck crack under the strain of high command - he's in charge of a pressure-cooked American bomber unit based in England during the Second World War - is as alarming as the collapse of the Statue of Liberty: he's such a monument to liberal integrity. However, although he was nominated for an Oscar for his performance here, it was Dean Jagger who won the award for best supporting actor. It's all a wonderful example of ensemble acting, so any trophies are a bit redundant, though no doubt they were gratefully received.

Summary

A US Air Force officer takes command of a bomber squadron based in England, and has to suppress his humane instincts to restore morale and discipline - a task which places a heavy strain on his mental state and brings his weary men to the edge of endurance. Oscar-winning Second World War drama, with Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill and Dean Jagger.

Cast & Crew

General Frank Savage Gregory Peck
Lt Col Ben Gately Hugh Marlowe
Colonel Keith Davenport Gary Merrill
Major Harvey Stovall Dean Jagger
General Pritchard Millard Mitchell
Sergeant McIllhenny Robert Arthur (1)
Captain "Doc" Kaiser Paul Stewart
Major Cobb John Kellogg
Lieutenant Bishop Robert Patten
Lieutenant Zimmerman Lee MacGregor
Operations officer Russ Conway
Director Henry King
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

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