Twelve O'Clock High (1949) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Henry King and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.
The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Sy Bartlett and Beirne Lay, Jr published in 1948.
Twelve O'Clock High was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1998.
Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Gregory Peck||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Dean Jagger||Won|
|Best Picture||20th Century-Fox||Nominated|
The air battles were cut together from authentic World War II footage.
In addition to Gen. Savage (inspired by Gen. Frank Armstrong), many characters in this film were based on real-life people. Maj. Gen. Pat Prichard (played by Millard Mitchell) is based on Maj. Gen. Ira C. Eaker, first commander of the 8th Bomber Command. Col. Keith Davenport (Gary Merrill) is based on Col. Charles B. Overacker, first commander of the 306th Bomb Group. Lt. Jessie Bishop (Robert Patten) is based on Lt. John Morgan, a B-17 co-pilot who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for landing his plane after his pilot was severely wounded during a bombing run. Maj. Joe Cobb (John Kellogg) is based on Maj. (later Col.) Paul Tibbets, who later became famous as the pilot of the B-29 "Enola Gay" which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945 (Tibbets himself served as a technical advisor for this movie). Sgt. McIlhenny (Robert Arthur) is based on Sgt. Donald Bevan, who was shot down over Germany in 1943 and became a POW. Bevan later co-wrote the play Stalag 17, with felloread more facts about Twelve O'Clock High...