Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
|Producer(s)||Darryl F. Zanuck|
|Top Genres||Action, Drama, War|
|Top Topics||Air Force, Book-Based, World War II|
Twelve O'Clock High Overview:
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.
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 (Merrill) resists taking his scarred, jumpy men on one more near-suicidal daytime mission, he's replaced by by-the-book general 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.
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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|
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The air battles were cut together from authentic World War II footage.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 7, 1950 with Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Millard Mitchell and John Kellogg reprising their film roles.
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