High Noon Overview:

High Noon (1952) was a Drama - Western Film directed by Fred Zinnemann and produced by Stanley Kramer and Carl Foreman.

The film was based on the short story The Tin Star written by John W. Cunningham published in Colliers Magazine in Dec 6, 1947.

High Noon was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.

Academy Awards 1952 --- Ceremony Number 25 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorGary CooperWon
Best DirectorFred ZinnemannNominated
Best Film EditingElmo Williams, Harry GerstadWon
Best Music - ScoringDimitri TiomkinWon
Best Music - SongMusic by Dimitri Tiomkin; Lyrics by Ned WashingtonWon
Best PictureStanley Kramer, ProducerNominated
Best WritingCarl ForemanNominated
.

BlogHub Articles:

High Noon (1952, Fred Zinnemann)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Nov 11, 2018 From The Stop Button

High Noon is a film all about courage and cowardice, so it?s appropriate the film starts with the most courageous thing it?s ever going to do and it does a few. It commits to its theme song. Not a piece of music from Dimitri Tiomkin, but a country song (written by Tiomkin, lyrics by Ned Washington, ... Read full article


High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

on Jul 9, 2017 From Journeys in Classic Film

Part of the reason I read film books is to have an outsider entice me to check out a movie. Where some of you come here to have me tell you whether a certain film is worth your time or not – and if you value my opinion, I thank you – I defer to experts whose cases for a certain film are ... Read full article


The Strong and Quiet Amy Kane: Grace Kelly in High Noon

By Virginie Pronovost on Nov 13, 2016 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

2- ?Helen: What kind of woman are you? How can you leave him like this? Does the sound of guns frighten you that much?Amy: I’ve heard guns. My father and my brother were killed by guns. They were on the right side but that didn’t help them any when the shooting started. My brother was ni... Read full article


The Dark Humor of High Noon (1952)

By Judy on Jun 12, 2016 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

**Contains spoilers** When I watched High Noon many years ago, I was struck by its pacing, its intensity, its seriousness. This time, I kept laughing. There’s something comic about watching Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) aimlessly tread around the town, waiting for someone, anyone to assist h... Read full article


High Noon (1952) – Updated

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 11, 2015 From 4 Star Films

Drums softly beating. A voice mournfully bellowing,”Do not forsake me, oh, my darlin‘.” It can only mean one thing, the beginning of High Noon, a western that has grown near and dear to my heart in the recent years. And yet how can a western of under 90 minutes mesmerize and cause ... Read full article


See all High Noon articles

Quotes from

Helen: Kane will be a dead man in half an hour and nobody's gonna do anything about it. And when he dies, this town dies too. I can feel it. I am all alone in the world. I have to make a living. So I'm going someplace else. That's all.


Deputy Sheriff Herb Baker: [when Herb volunteer's to be Will's first and only Deputy Sheriff for posse, Herb remarks to Will] I'll be back in ten minutes, loaded for bear.


Helen: You're a good-looking boy: you've big, broad shoulders. But he's a man. And it takes more than big, broad shoulders to make a man.


read more quotes from High Noon...

Facts about

Gary Cooper, B movie producer Robert L. Lippert and screenwriter Carl Foreman were set to go into a production company together, after the success of this film. John Wayne and Ward Bond ordered Cooper to back out of the deal, as HUAC was preparing to "blacklist" Foreman. Shortly afterward, Lippert was made persona non grata by the Screen Actors Guild, which destroyed his independent production company.
A comic relief scene involving town drunk Jack Elam and an entire subplot with James Brown playing another marshal didn't make it into the final cut.
Its loss in the Best Picture category to the much-derided The Greatest Show on Earth, by Cecil B. DeMille, is usually cited as one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Academy Awards. This loss is often seen as an effort to satisfy Senator Joseph McCarthy, as DeMille was one of his biggest supporters.
read more facts about High Noon...
Share this page:
Visit the Classic Movie Hub Blog CMH
book or play


See All Film Adaptations >>
Best Actor Oscar 1952






See more Best Actor awards>>
Related Travel Sites




See All Related Sites >>
National Film Registry

High Noon

Released 1952
Inducted 1989
(Sound)




See All Films in National Registry >>
Also directed by Fred Zinnemann




More about Fred Zinnemann >>
Also produced by Stanley Kramer




More about Stanley Kramer >>
Related Lists
Create a list




See All Related Lists >>
Also released in 1952




See All 1952 films >>
More "Book-Based" films



See All "Book-Based" films >>
More "Gunfighters" films



See All "Gunfighters" films >>
More "Romance (Drama)" films



See All "Romance (Drama)" films >>
More "Outlaws" films



See All "Outlaws" films >>