Cinema: The New Pictures, Jan. 30, 1950

Twelve O'Clock High (20th Century-Fox) is the freshest and most convincing movie of the current cycle about World War II. It successfully blends an artistry all too seldom shown by Hollywood and the high technical skill that only Hollywood, commands.

Scripted by Sy Bartlett and Beirne Lay Jr. from their own scenario-like novel about a heavy bomber group in the U.S. Army's Eighth Air Force (in which they both served), Twelve 0'Clock High has the uncommon merit of restraint. It avoids such cinemilitary booby traps as self-conscious heroics, overwrought battle scenes and the women...

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