12 O'Clock High (1964–1967)

The Hours Before Dawn 

Savage takes cover in a British mansion during an air raid but is trapped by a downed German colonel also taking cover there. The cynical and manipulative female owner is unsympathetic to both.


Don Medford


Donald S. Sanford, Beirne Lay Jr. (characters based on the novel) | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview:
Robert Lansing ... Brig. Gen. Frank Savage
John Larkin John Larkin ... Maj. Gen. Wiley Crowe
Glynis Johns ... Jennifer Heath
Fritz Weaver ... Col. Peter Raff
John McLiam ... Doker Drew
Maurice Dallimore ... Major Colin
Robert Brubaker ... Colonel Meyers
John Zaremba ... Gen. Homer Stoneman
Gilchrist Stuart Gilchrist Stuart ... Policeman (as Gil Stuart)
Eric Micklewood Eric Micklewood ... Sergeant Albert


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Returning to his base with vital information about a pending mission, General Savage is forced to take cover from a Luftwaffe bombing raid in the home of an attractive widow with a frivolous attitude and a serious self-esteem issue. As the raid ends, he prepares to resume his trip, only to be blocked by a German airman shot down during the attack. Now he must deal with an enemy bent on escape at any cost and a woman who is not particularly sympathetic to his plight. As precious time ticks away, his bomber group prepares to take off on a mission that, without his information, will be a massacre roughly equivalent to Custer's Last Stand. Written by alexk-6

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Drama | War


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Colonel Raff is shown in a two piece regulation ground uniform. As a just shot down pilot, he would have been wearing a one piece coverall flight suit. See more »

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Release Date:

13 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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