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.
|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|
Notable Guest Stars
Tom Skerritt, Barry Cahill, Richard Anderson, Bruce Dern, Gary Lockwood, Lloyd Bochner, Bernard Fox, Lee Meriwether, Judy Carne, Jack Lord, James Whitmore, Norman Fell, James Farentino, Sally Kellerman, Roy Thinnes, Burt Reynolds, Edward Mulhare, Jill Ireland, Dabney Coleman
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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).