Twelve O'Clock High
Show Type: War Drama
First Telecast: September 18, 1964
Last Telecast: January 13, 1967
Executive Producer: Quinn Martin
September 1964 - January 1965, Friday 9:30-10:30 on ABC
January 1965 - September 1965, Friday 10:00-11:00 on ABC
September 1965 - September 1966, Monday 7:30-8:30 on ABC
September 1966 - January 1967, Friday 10:00-11:00 on ABC
Brigadier General Frank Savage (1964-1965)..... Robert Lansing
Major General Wiley Crowe (1964-1965)..... John Larkin
Major Harvey Stovall..... Frank Overton
Major Joe Cobb (1964-1965)..... Lew Gallo
Major "Doc" Kaiser..... Barney Phillips
Captain Major Colonel Joe Gallagher..... Paul Burke
Technician Sergeant Sandy Komansky (1965-1967)..... Chris Robinson
Brigadier General Ed Britt (1965-1967)..... Andrew Duggan
This was the one wartime action-adventure series in which the top brass did not stay behind the lines. It was the story of the 918th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Eighth Air Force, stationed near London during World War II.
During the first season, the stories centered on Brigadier General Frank Savage, as he personally led his pilots through bombing raids and narrow escapes over enemy territory. Major General Crowe was his boss and Major Harvey Stovall was his adjutant on the ground.
The action was hot and heavy, and at the start of the second season, it got a little to hot for General Savage who was killed during a mission. Colonel Joe Gallagher then assumed command, and the lead in the series for the rest of its run. (Gallagher zoomed in rank from Captain to Colonel during the series' run, despite getting off to a bad start in the premiere telecast. He had guest-starred then as a brash young man who felt that he deserved special treatment from Savage because his father was a three-star General.)
Brigadier General Britt became the new superior officer in the second season, while Tech. Sgt. Komansky was Gallagher's gunner and flight engineer.
Based on the novel by Beirne Lay, Jr. and Sy Bartlett, which was made into a movie starring Gregory Peck in 1949.
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