Twelve O’Clock High (1949)

HENRY KING

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

USA, 1949.  Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by Sy Bartlett, Beirne Lay Jr..  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1949.

 becomes the captain of a squadron of fighter pilots in World War II, but his inability to separate himself personally from his men’s lives before sending them out to the slaughter gets in his way of doing his job effectively. Excellent character work, even though the pace lags here and there, in an intelligent and powerful war movie that doesn’t get mired in its propagandist patriotism. Peck is strong in the lead, and  and  also contribute excellent performances.

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