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
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High Noon: The Cowards Among us

By FlickChick on Feb 8, 2021 From A Person in the Dark

So, this is what happened the other day. AloneFor some strange reason, the theme song from "High Noon," the 1952 western, invaded my brain. Now, you should know that I am not a western fan by any stretch and this song is never one that is on my playlist. Still, it persisted, first in the shower and ... Read full article


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


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Quotes from

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 nineteen. I watched him die. That's when I became a Quaker. I don't care who's right or who's wrong. There's got to be some better way for people to live. Will knows how I feel about it.


Martin: People gotta talk themselves into law and order before they do anything about it. Maybe because down deep they don't care. They just don't care.


Amy: Don't try to be a hero! You don't have to be a hero, not for me!


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Although John Wayne often complained that the film was "un-American", when he collected Gary Cooper's Best Actor Oscar on his behalf at the The 25th Annual Academy Awards he complained that he wasn't offered the part himself, so he could have made it more like one of his own westerns. He later teamed up with director Howard Hawks to make Rio Bravo as a counter-response.
The steady drum beat signifying confrontation in Frankie Laine's recording of "High Noon" was later employed by Roy Orbison in his 1961 signature hit, "Runnin' Scared".
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.
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