Twelve O'Clock High

Season 1 Episode 1

Golden Boy Had Nine Black Sheep

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Aired Friday 9:30 PM Sep 18, 1964 on ABC
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Golden Boy Had Nine Black Sheep
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Rated: TV G Captain Joe Gallagher aborts twice in a row bringing him to the attention of General Savage.

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  • Outstanding start for an outstanding series

    10
    This episode provides a wonderful starting point for what turns out to be an outstanding series. Well, at least, season one was outstanding. Brigadier General Savage is a truly outstanding character and while Captain / Major Gallagher does a wonderful job, he can't replace the old man. This review, though, is not about the series, but this episode.



    What a wonderfully delightful and educating episode. It starts the series off introducing the lead character (General Savage) and giving us a brief introduction of his supporting cast. Yet, instead of introducing all of them, we take the time to develop a possible throw-away character in deep rich tones and sometimes deeper than those of the General. It is truly marvelous when the writers feel developing a character is more important than shoot them up action. Times really changed and not for the best, in some cases.



    As true to other QM productions, this episode uses acts, like a play. Each of them provides segments to the story developing not only their own line, but the over all story. QM Productions really does story telling for this episode (and the series) justice.



    General Savage is a man bent on not only winning the war, but developing and saving his men. He is the right man, at the right time, and in the right place. Like Captain James T. Kirk, this is the job for which he is best suited and all other jobs would not use him to the best of his abilities. Unlike Captain Kirk, the U.S. Army Air Corp was able to find a way to allow this commander to serve at flag grade.moreless
  • The first episode of this series sees General Savage clashing with a young Captain named Gallagher.

    8.0
    This pilot serves to set the tone for most of the series. The regulars are introduced here played by Robert Lansing and John Larkin.



    These characters are developed from the get go with the specific focus on General Savage. Savage's personality is broody, arrogant, cold and callous. In a way he is stereotypical military. The casting of Lansing was perfect. In this episode, he is clashing with Captain Gallagher because Gallagher hasn't completed his missions to the General's satisfaction. Savage thinks Gallagher is doing this on purpose, but Gallagher has genuine reasons such as equipment failure on the planes which would put his life and his crew's life in general.



    In later episode, other soldiers would fight with Savage over this, and the General's stubborness to ignore these warnings and safety precautions would cost lives.



    The pilot has a lot of action, stock footage, and suspense. Like I said it sets the tone for the show.



    The acting for this show would also set the tone. We are steller quality acting from Lansing, the guest stars including Paul Burke and a young Bruce Dern.



    All in all while is the typical pro-military show this is nonetheless a great show.moreless
Bert Remsen

Bert Remsen

Sergeant Nero

Lew Gallo

Lew Gallo

Major Joseph Cobb (1964-65)

Barney Phillips

Barney Phillips

Major "Doc" Kaiser

Frank Overton

Frank Overton

Major Harvey Stovall

Hazel Court

Hazel Court

Liz

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson

Technical Sergeant Alexander "Sandy" Komanski

Joby Baker

Joby Baker

Lieutenant Blake

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Bruce Dern

Bruce Dern

Lieutenant Michaels

Guest Star

Paul Comi

Paul Comi

Lieutenant Kelly

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