12 O'Clock High (1964–1967)

The Hotshot 

A lt. colonel in charge of a P-51 fighter group, harbors great anger toward Col. Gallagher when his B-17 mistakenly shoots down one of his planes in battle.


Richard Donner


Robert Lewin, Beirne Lay Jr. (characters based on the novel) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Paul Burke ... Col. Joe Gallagher
Frank Overton ... Maj. Harvey Stovall
Chris Robinson ... Sgt. Sandy Komansky
Warren Oates ... Lt. Col. Jerry Troper
Jill Haworth ... Fay Vendry
Andrew Duggan ... Brig. Gen. Ed Britt
Jill Ireland ... Alyce Carpenter
Walter Brooke ... Roy Saxon
George Brenlin George Brenlin ... Lieutenant Bukich
William Bryant ... Major Marriott
Charles Kuenstle Charles Kuenstle ... Sgt. Clem Garnet
Seymour Cassel ... Captain Johnson
Tom Symonds Tom Symonds ... Waiter
Gunnar Hellström ... Colonel Falkenstein (as Gunnar Hellstrom)


The tables may be turning in the air war in Europe. The P-51 has arrived, with the promise of providing escort to the B-17s all the way to the heart of Germany. The first 18 are assigned to Gallagher's 918th, but his gunners manage to accidentally shoot one down on the very first mission. This sets a very bad tone between Gallagher and the fighter commander, Col. Troper, who are thrown together to make the new system work. Troper, already an ace with 22 kills, chafes at the need to protect the bombers at the cost of being able to hunt down the Luftwaffe fighters, and his resentment builds to a dangerous and destructive intensity. Written by alexk-6

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Drama | War





Release Date:

18 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Gallagher's bomber is attacked, the close-up is a P-51. See more »

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