Picture treats its story [from the novel by Beirne Lay Jr and Sy Bartlett] from the high brass level, i.e. a general’s concern for his men’s morale while establishing the man-killing daylight bombing raids back in 1942.
As a drama, High deals soundly and interestingly with its situations. It gets close to the emotions in unveiling its plot and approaches it from a flashback angle so expertly presented that the emotional pull is sharpened.
Gregory Peck heads up the operations of a bombing squadron from a base in Chelveston, England. Peck gives the character much credence as he suffers and sweats with his men.
There are a number of what amount to ‘surprise’ performances in the male cast. Standout among them is Dean Jagger as a retread still determined to do his bit. Story comes to life through his eyes as he revisits the Chelveston base in 1948.
1949: Best Supp. Actor (Dean Jagger), Sound Recording (20th Century-Fox Sound Dept).
Nominations: Best Picture, Actor (Gregory Peck)