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Initial post: Apr 19, 2008, 11:20:47 AM PDT
I have been waiting for the TV show 12 O'Clock High to be released on DVD for some time as have several other people that I know. I believe Fox has the rights to this show. I suggest people e-mail Fox to release this show on DVD. People should also vote for its release at Perhaps people in the Air Force and other branches of the military as well as veterans could start voting for this show's release on DVD.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2008, 11:55:00 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 19, 2008, 11:55:20 AM PDT
I agree that it would be nice to see this show on DVD. I have had a copy of the Greg Peck movie from 1949 it was based on for years now, and it would be nice to compare side by side, Peck vs Lansing, Overton vs Jaegger, Burke vs Marlowe (on that last one before you say not the same, if you look carefully at Paul Burke's Gallagher, his intro to Savage in the first season, before becoming Colonel and taking over in the second was similar to Gately (son of a well known general and grandson of another), and his ship was (like Gately's in the movie) "The Leper Colony".

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2008, 1:03:20 PM PDT
I just got all three seasons of TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH on DVDs. Excellent quality and a pleasure to watch.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2008, 3:09:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2008, 3:46:59 PM PDT
12 O'Clock High TV show has not been officially released on DVD by the studio yet. I believe Fox owns the rights to the show. Any DVD copies currently in circulation that were purchased are illegal, bootleg copies.

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2008, 3:53:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 23, 2008, 3:55:00 PM PDT
Hello James A. Kroneberh,
I personally copied all the episodes which were broadcast on AmericanLife TV years ago, when it was called NOSTALGIA and are actually now being re-broadcast on Tuesday nights at 10:00. My son transferred them from tapes to DVD as a present. These are for personal use and not for sale and this can be done on any TiVo But thanks for the happy words.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2008, 6:43:56 AM PDT
I am 55 years old and finally got my DVD's for Christmas. Heck, if I wait until these finally come out from FOX I may be dead. It is great to see all 3 seasons again. I watched them in the 60's when I was in elementary school and I was always hoping to see them again. Thanks to whomever got these for my wife to get me for Christmas. I am also enjoying COMBAT with Vic Morrow and Rick Jason again.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2008, 6:15:29 PM PDT
G. Recipient says:
Hi, John-
I have been trying to locate the DVD's for a few months and are skeptical about the web sites that are offering the series. That's all my dad wants for Father's Day this year. Anyway, would you mind telling me where you bought yours and if they are excellent quality. Thanks so much for the help.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2008, 11:49:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 10, 2008, 11:51:04 AM PDT
Hi James,
First things first, 12 O'Clock High came out around 1967 & aired on ABC, so it's ABC who would have the rights to the show: it pays to have The Complete Directory To Prime-Time Newtwork TV Shows. Mine's is somewhat out-dated though, I'd like to get a more up-dated version.
12 O'Clock High was a favorite of mine as well; I loved Robert Lansing. Really hated it when they wrote off General Savage. I absolutely cried. And I was just a young thing then. But, he was my General Savage...he was sort of a hero I guess.
Anyway, I do think that this sereis is on the (first to know) list. All you have to do is sign up. I know I saw it at one time.

Patricia Gross

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2008, 4:44:12 PM PDT
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That great TV show ran from 1963-67 for a total of 78 episodes. It is currently being re-run on AmericanLife Network and is finally available on DVD use this link:
Good Luck,

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2008, 2:26:19 AM PDT
Lansing did a great job, but watch the movie from 1949. Greg Peck's performance is deservimg of an Oscar which he didn't get.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2008, 9:26:54 AM PDT
Hello Eric,
I agree with you 100%. I have the 1949 film on VHS and DVD and still find myself watching it on TCM. Dean Jagger did win a supporting Oscar and Peck was nominated as Best Actor and the movie itself as Best Movie. I also believe that Peck gave a very under-rated performance in PORK CHOP HILL. He remains one of my all time favorite actors. Thanks for pointing out his performance in the original.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2008, 5:08:03 PM PDT
Well said, Tom. But I agree with the majority, if the series does hit disc, I'll add it to my "series collection" :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2008, 7:43:27 PM PDT
Hi Eric,
The series IS now available through the following link:

I don't know or care about your age but I was born in 1951 and had the pleasure of watching so many fine series during their original run. I have been able to purchase many, many short lived series that are now being released legitimately DVD. One show I never thought I'd see again is ARREST AND TRIAL (1963) which was a high budget 90 minute series starring CHUCK CONNERS and BEN GAZZARA which only lasted one season. Also I bought THE RESTLESS GUN, RIVERBOAT, CHECKMATE and THE TALL MAN and the complete run of MAN WITH A CAMERA with CHARLES BRONSON. To name but a few. These are available through such companies as "Timeless Media Group" and "Infinity Entertainment Group."
I only mention these because you sound like a fellow collector (and are probably aware anyway). Nonetheless always a pleasure to run into an informed classic TV fan.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2008, 2:26:35 AM PDT
I was born in 1966, my friend and have the 2 Best of Checkmates that came out. Speaking of Ben Gazzara, remember Run For Your Life?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2008, 10:23:09 AM PDT
Hello Eric,
re:"remember Run For Your Life?"
I sure do! Monday nights at 10:00 NBC first 2 seasons moved to Wednesday at 10:00 for the third thus killing it. I am actually reading BEN GAZZARA'S autobiography which I just bought used from AMAZON and it arrived Wednesday.
I certainly do admire your taste in television shows.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2008, 7:12:12 PM PDT
Mark Woomer says:
Where did you order the Twelve O'Clock High TV series DVDs?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2008, 3:23:49 PM PDT
Hello Patricia Gross-according to the Internet Movie Database ( 12 O'Clock High is a product of 20th Century Fox Television. The show was on for three seasons. Season 1 had 32 episodes and aired from September 1964 until May 1965. Season 2 had 29 episodes and aired from September 1965 until April 1966. Season 3 had only 17 episodes (and was the only season in color) and aired from September 1966 until January 13, 1967. I am not certain who owns the rights to this show but it looks like Fox does. James Kronenberg

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2008, 3:34:26 PM PDT
Hi James,
Fox did not air the series, ABC did; it's in the Prime-time Directory. I have an old issue, but one of these days plan on getting an up-dated copy. Thanks for the season info on 12 O'clock High.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009, 3:48:33 PM PDT
S. Woron says:
There will be no studio version of 12 O'clock High. QM resigned his rights (and so did 20th C Fox). The series is public domain. (Most series that were B&W and made less than a hundred episodes went PD.) As a result, the show was never archived and many of the episodes are degraded and damaged. The best version is at
It is incredible and here in the USA. That site has also put most of the teasers on youtube.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2009, 6:40:05 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 16, 2009, 5:38:09 AM PDT
I BARELY Remember this series (I was 7 years old when it was cancelled) but my Father, who was a WWII Veteren (Navy) enjoyed this show when it was on and NOBODY DARED to interrupt him whenever this show was on. S. Woran says this show is now Public Domain. Is there any way this can be verified? IMO Take this with a grain of salt. BTW I took a look at the website. Talk about Sticker Shock! How much were those SKY KING Box Sets again? <LOL>

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2009, 3:21:54 PM PDT
According to the show "12 O' Clock High" is not public domain but is owned by a studio.

Posted on Aug 7, 2009, 7:20:01 PM PDT
James, just to let you know I found the US. Copyright Office's Website (Thanks to and this show is still owned by 20th Century Fox. The Version sold by the website mentioned earlier is indeed a Bootleg, and the story about the series being Public Domain is a FAKE! Don't get Ripped Off! ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2009, 7:15:33 AM PST
S. Woron says: has the DVDs 50% for a limited time.
QM and 20th century fox co-owned the show. QM decided to give up his ownership of the show and allow it to go public due to the fierce anti-war "climate" in the late 60's. This is why when it aired later (before cable TV) it was on public TV, as they have no money.
You keep waiting for that studio copy--it will never happen...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2009, 10:44:44 AM PST
Mark bennett says:
The show is technically in copyright and owned by Fox Television. What seems to be uncertain
is what, if any, episodes Fox has physical posession of (the rumor is none). They can't sell what they don't have and enforcing the rights on something they don't have is kind of pointless.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2009, 11:33:28 AM PST
Hi Mark,
Just looked up in the Television Directory; it was ABC who aired the 12 O'clock High series.
Very good show. One of my favorites; loved that General Frank Savage.
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