Based on the motion picture by the same name, 12 O’Clock High followed the missions of the fictitious U.S. Army Air Forces 918th Bombardment Group in their B-17 bombers. Stationed in England, the group is commanded by General Frank Savage (Robert Lansing) and later by Colonel Joe Gallagher (Paul Burke).
Due to the first two seasons being filmed in black and white, actual World War II combat footage supplied by the U.S. Air Force was included in many episodes. The show also had access to a real B-17 bomber, but it could only taxi. In later episodes, a P-51 Mustang was worked into the storylines to cut production costs, as it cost less to fly than a four-engined B-17 and only required one pilot.
12 O’Clock High Cast
|Frank Overton||…||Maj. Harvey Stovall|
|Paul Burke||…||Col. Joe Gallagher|
|Chris Robinson||…||Sgt. Sandy Komansky|
|Robert Lansing||…||Brig. Gen. Frank Savage|
|Barney Phillips||…||Maj. Donald “Doc” Kaiser|
|Robert Dornan||…||Capt. Bob Fowler|
|John Larkin||…||Maj. Gen. Wiley Crowe|
|Andrew Duggan||…||Maj. Gen. Ed Britt|
|Lew Gallo||…||Maj. Joe Cobb|
Regulars & Guest Stars
|Tom Skerritt||…||Tech. Sgt. Nick Neely / Lt. Paddy Gialella / Sgt. Ben Rodale / Lt. Steve Parmalee / Lieutenant Ryan|
|Barry Cahill||…||Capt. Curt Douglas|
|Richard Anderson||…||Brig. Gen. Phil Doud|
|Bruce Dern||…||TSgt. Frank Jones / Lt. Michaels / Lt. Danton|
|Gary Lockwood||…||Maj. Gus Denver / Lt. Josh McGraw|
|Lloyd Bochner||…||Major Mallory / Kirby Wyatt / Capt. Derek Evans|
|Bernard Fox||…||Sgt. Major Higgins / Major Dutton / Colonel Charles|
|Lee Meriwether||…||Capt. Phyllis Vincent / Lt. Amy Patterson|
|Judy Carne||…||Doris / Floy / Jill|
|Jack Lord||…||Col. Arnold Yates / Lt. Col. Preston Gallagher|
|James Whitmore||…||Col. Harry Connelly / Col. Paul ‘Pappy’ Hartley|
|Norman Fell||…||Maj. George Praeger / Lt. Canello|
|Sally Kellerman||…||Lt. Libby MacAndrews|
|Roy Thinnes||…||Capt. Paul Pridie / Maj. Jake Hays|
|Burt Reynolds||…||Tech. Sgt. Vern Chapman|
|Edward Mulhare||…||Col. Gert Schotten / Kurt Halland|
|Jill Ireland||…||Sara Blodgett / Alyce Carpenter|
|Dabney Coleman||…||Captain Robbins / Captain Wilson|
12 O’Clock High Opening Credits / Theme Song
There were 3 seasons and 78 episodes of 12 O’Clock High. We have not completed an episode guide for 12 O’Clock High yet.
The producers approached Volkswagen about being a sponsor of the show. The scenes of the pilot episode that they showed VW executives included actual war footage. One of the executives recognized one of the buildings being bombed as a VW plant and declined to sponsor the show.
Gregory Peck played General Frank Savage in the movie version. George Nader was originally set to play the role in the tv series, but the role was eventually given to Robert Lansing.
The fictional 918th Bomb Group was based on the real 306th Bomb Group, (3×306=918).
12 O’Clock High Fan Fiction ( Fan Fiction) – Fan fiction based on the 12 O’Clock High tv series.
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