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Twelve o'Clock High

  • Drama
  • 1949
  • Henry King
  • 126 mins
  • U

Summary

Second World War drama starring Gregory Peck. Bomber pilots at a US air base in England become restless when martinet General Frank Savage takes over command from an officer who had become too emotionally involved in the job.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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General Frank SavageGregory Peck
Lt Col Ben GatelyHugh Marlowe
Colonel Keith DavenportGary Merrill
Major Harvey StovallDean Jagger
General PritchardMillard Mitchell
Sergeant McIllhennyRobert Arthur (1)
Captain "Doc" KaiserPaul Stewart
Major CobbJohn Kellogg
Lieutenant BishopRobert Patten
Lieutenant ZimmermanLee MacGregor
Operations officerRuss Conway

Crew

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DirectorHenry King

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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