Nov. 29, 2008, 6:24 a.m. CST
Nothing to say except that this feature has revealed a lot of films I otherwise wouldn't have heard of.
Nov. 29, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST
by Anna Valerious
Well, if it was put on DVD, that is... I just know about the guy who's trying to avoid getting beaten up, and the fact Yeardley "Lisa" Smith is in it.
Nov. 29, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST
I am amazed on the lack of film history that is sometimes shown on this site. True, this site is mostly about comics, and films about a guy dressed up as a bat or some space ship shooting at something, but one would think that fans of sci-fi would have had a more rounded education when it comes to cinema. Its a good thing that these films are being posted here and talked about because its long overdue, some here think that film history began with star wars. In order to make better comics, films, we cant forget the things that were done in the past. One of the challenges of making a film or a comic is problem solving, how to convince and bring in an audience to the world and the story you are telling. Sadly many of the problems being solved in films nowadays is through the power of CGI and not brains.
Nov. 29, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST
by Billy Oblivion
There was also a TV version back in the 60s (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057793/). It was quite good and faithful to the movie, especially the first two seasons. Robert Lansing starred and was fantastic. I also remember a great guest star turn by Shatner that makes you realize the man was actually capable of some subtlety. As for the movie, it is shown throughout the military as a primer on how various command styles work in high stress situations.
Nov. 29, 2008, 10:48 a.m. CST
Nov. 29, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST
The purpose of the discussion was, "what makes a good leader?" Twelve O'clock High has examples of good leadership and bad leadership. Excellent movie!
Nov. 29, 2008, 11:03 a.m. CST
our pal from The Thing from Another World Ken Tobey
Nov. 29, 2008, 12:32 p.m. CST
...you get him. I LOVE this movie. Highly quotable. And Peck is absolutely perfect. I remember seeing a scene from this movie on some awards show -- the scene where he's just walking towards the camera with that cigarette -- and I knew I had to see this movie. Bought it and, 10 or so viewings later, it rates as one of my favorite movies. Good pick, Quint. Good pic...
Nov. 29, 2008, 1:34 p.m. CST
It's impossible to see EVERY important film out there on DVD. There's a lot of people that haven't seen TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH. Quint does know about film and writes in a straightforward, down-to earth way. Even if he has seen the film, he still writes with a sense of discovery. I may disagree with him, but so what? The fact that we discuss films that aren't fanboy material here is terrific enough. Since you've seen everything, have you seen THE NAKED KISS?
Nov. 29, 2008, 2 p.m. CST
http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20081129_Dave_on_Demand__Fox__dropping_cartoons__sacrifices_kids_to_cash.html?adString=ph.news/news_update;!category=news_update;&randomOrd=112908075708 <p>The saddest news of the TV week is Fox's announcement that it is canceling its entire Saturday morning cartoon slate in favor of infomercials.
Nov. 29, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST
http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/news_update/20081129_Dave_on_Demand__Fox__dropping_cartoons__sacrifices_kids_to_cash.html?adString=ph.news/news_update;!category=news_update;&randomOrd=112908075708 <p>For instance, Knight Rider is still on despite the fact that viewers hate it and nobody watches it, purely because NBC has so many product placement deals connected to the series that it practically pays for itself. Profit has completely won out over entertainment.
Nov. 29, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST
THE NAKED KISS isn't obscure enough. What we need is for someone to have seen LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, and then I need that guy to lend me that film.
Nov. 29, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST
Awesome movie!! Supposedly all inspired by real events. This might be Peck's best performance. This is a real must for anyone who has ever been in the military.
Nov. 29, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST
...as an assignment for a college communications course. Group dynamics and decision making, etc. Great film for studying organizational relationships. I was told this is required material for the air force academy, though I cannot confirm that.
Nov. 29, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST
Hurray! _Cincinnati Kid_ is back in the queue. Man, I love that movie.
Nov. 29, 2008, 4:26 p.m. CST
As others have stated Intel Corp (Pentiums etc) uses this in their Leadership classes. Which is good if you want to take 4 hours off work and see a movie while "working".<p> It was ~10 years ago now, but basically there are 4 leadership modes Peck moves through in the movie.
Nov. 29, 2008, 6:21 p.m. CST
Nov. 29, 2008, 7:44 p.m. CST
Saw it twice while a cadet.
Nov. 29, 2008, 7:49 p.m. CST
Nov. 29, 2008, 8:18 p.m. CST
by Dr Eric Vornoff
seeing as you didn't mention it in the review, I'm guessing you haven't seen King and Peck's other great collaboration The Gunfighter, one of the great westerns IMO. Referenced to brilliant effect in Bob Dylan's epic Brownsville Girl
Nov. 30, 2008, 2:27 a.m. CST
Good post. Look, according to what I've rated on Netflix, I've seen about 1600 movies... And I haven't seen '12 O'Clock High'. But thanks to Quint, I'm gonna check it out. It's funny, I was a little shocked when I learned that Quint hadn't seen so much '80's cinema... 'Once Upon a Time in America', 'Salvador', 'Best Seller'... But I realized that the only thing I like as much as Quint reviewing movies I haven't seen, is seeing what he thinks when he discovers movies that I HAVE seen. I love, love, love this column. It's a real treat for movie buffs, and a credit to this site. If Quint ever needs a break, I hope that AICN finds someone else to write the column. I nominate Beaks or Capone. Both excellent, trustworthy, literate guys. In the meantime, keep it up, Quint! Fuckin' great job!
Nov. 30, 2008, 2:33 a.m. CST
Totally forgot the reason I replied to FilmFanatic in the first place. 'The Naked Kiss'! My favorite Sam Fuller movie. Completely, utterly, totally awesome. Quint, if you haven't seen it, you need to review it. NOW-ISH.
Nov. 30, 2008, 7:14 a.m. CST
You missed my favorite scene. It's at the beginning of the movie, in 1947, when Jagger goes to the field where the airbase had been. He stands in the field and starts to remember the war. Then you hear the sound of the engines as he remembers them, then you see the grass behind him blown flat by the wash (wind) from the props, and finally he looks up into the sky and you see the B-17s coming in to land. It's the most emotionally moving transition I've ever seen in any movie.
Nov. 30, 2008, 7:21 a.m. CST
Another great scene is when Gen. Savage first arrives at the outskirts of the airbase with his driver, a sergeant named Ernie. He offers the driver a cigarette, lights it for him, and calls him by name. Then he throws down his own cigarette, puts on his "prick" persona, says "Let's go, sergeant," and gets in the car. Then they drive into the base. The next scene is the one you mentioned in which Savage rips the sentry a new one.
Nov. 30, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST
Get off his back about not seeing every damn movie in the world. He's still seen more than 99% of Earth's population. Also, he does this column for love of film, not for money. You want to complain about free content? Go yell at the sky because air doesn't come strawberry scented. Save your complaints for the return counter at Wal-Mart, dude.