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Her Twelve Men (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 11 August 1954 (USA)
An inexperienced female teacher is hired at a private elite school for boys where she raises a few eyebrows among the all-male faculty.


Robert Z. Leonard


Louise Baker (story), William Roberts | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greer Garson ... Jan Stewart
Robert Ryan ... Joe Hargrave
Barry Sullivan ... Richard Y. Oliver, Sr.
Richard Haydn ... Dr. Avord Barrett
Barbara Lawrence ... Barbara Dunning
James Arness ... Ralph Munsey
Rex Thompson ... Homer Curtis
Tim Considine ... Richard Y. Oliver, Jr.
David Stollery ... Jeff Carlin
Frances Bergen ... Sylvia Carlin
Ian Wolfe ... Roger Frane
Donald MacDonald ... Bobby Lennox
Dale Hartleben Dale Hartleben ... Kevin Ellison Clark III
Ivan Triesault ... Erik Haldeman
Stuffy Singer Stuffy Singer ... James Tracy 'Jimmy' Travers


Jan Stewart, a new teacher at The Oaks, a boys' boarding school, becomes instructor and mother-figure to a class of twelve. She must overcome the disapproval of Joe Hargrave, head of the lower school, who has misgivings about Jan's inexperience. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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The most unusual picture of her career! In Gorgeous Color


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

11 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Baker's Dozen See more »


Box Office


$1,534,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$817,000, 31 December 1954

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,418,000, 31 December 1954
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Anscocolor) (negative)| Color (Technicolor) (prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film failed at the box-office, resulting in a loss for MGM of one hundred sixteen thousand dollars (over one million dollars in 2017) according to studio records. See more »


Referenced in A Star Is Born World Premiere (1954) See more »

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Lesson Plans for Greer Garson
23 September 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

With other job prospects drying up, still beautiful Greer Garson (as Jan Stewart) takes a position at an all-boys boarding school. She is the first female teacher at "The Oaks", so the kids amusingly call her "Sir." First crisis involves Ms. Garson finding the boys have adopted a puppy. Garson butts heads with fellow teacher Robert Ryan (Joe Hargrave) over the school's "no dogs allowed" rule. She eventually teaches Mr. Ryan how a woman closer to his age can do just as well as the pretty young blondes he rides around with. Garson responds to each new problem by raising her eyebrow. Heck, whatever she's doing, it works...

Going to the head of the class are thirteenth arrival Tim Considine (as Richard "Dick" Oliver) and neglected Donald MacDonald (as Bobby Lennox). They get the story lines. Young Considine's future "Spin and Marty" partner David Stollery (as Jeff Carlin) is also present. The kids are all right. James Arness plays the coach. This was the last MGM contract film for Garson, who was a superstar from 1942 ("Mrs. Miniver") to 1946, placing in the "Quigley Poll" of box office stars at #9, #6, #6, #3, and #7 during those years. Garson did not retire, and scored notably when a good role came along in "Sunrise at Campobello" (1960).

**** Her Twelve Men (8/11/54) Robert Z. Leonard ~ Greer Garson, Robert Ryan, Tim Considine, Donald MacDonald

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