Twelve O’Clock High (TCF 1949, Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe)

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132 min - War, Action, Drama - 21 December 1949
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This compelling WWII drama focuses on the emotional effects the fear and anxiety of war have on fighting men. When a compassionate bomber-squadron leader (Gary Merrill) resists taking his scarred, jumpy men on one more near-suicidal daytime mission, he's replaced by by-the-book general Gregory Peck.

After exposure to the dangers his men face, Peck becomes more uncertain than his predecessor, even suffering a nervous collapse from the stress. One of the few war films to depict the real human costs of war (based on the true story of Gen. Frank Armstrong), it also includes terrifying aerial sequences that make real the dangers the fliers faced. Twelve O'Clock High is based on a novel by Sy Bartlett and Beirne Lay, Jr., who also wrote the screenplay. The film was later adapted as a 1960s television series starring Paul Burke, Andrew Duggan, Lew Gallo and Robert Lansing.

Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture, Best Actor: Gregory Peck.

Director:  Henry King
Producer:  Darryl F. Zanuck
Composer:  Alfred Newman
Director of Photography:  Leon Shamroy


Production Details

Production Companies:  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Release Date:  21 December 1949

Running Time:  2 h 12 min

Genres: War, Action, Drama

Language:  English

Tagline: A story of twelve men as their women never knew them...

Budget and Box Office takings where known

Revenue:  $3,225,000