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.
Cooper is Hollywood's perfect hero, the very embodiment of integrity and grace in this greatest of Westerns. As a newly married town marshal, he must balance an innate sense of justice and duty with loyalty to his beautiful new - and pacifist - bride when he is left by an ungrateful town to face a gang of deadly outlaws alone. As we watch spellbound, film time is real time as the showdown grows ever closer. This masterpiece is frequently interpreted as a parable about artists left to "stand alone" and face persecution during the HUAC Hollywood blacklisting. (However, Howard Hawks allegedly devised Rio Bravo as an answer to this film's wimpiness." Also, John Wayne once declared High Noon un-American. He was apparently offended by the ending of film, which shows Sheriff Kane removing his badge and tossing it in the dirt.)
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High Noon was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.
Academy Awards 1952 --- Ceremony Number 25 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Gary Cooper||Won|
|Best Director||Fred Zinnemann||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||Elmo Williams, Harry Gerstad||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Dimitri Tiomkin||Won|
|Best Music - Song||Music by Dimitri Tiomkin; Lyrics by Ned Washington||Won|
|Best Picture||Stanley Kramer, Producer||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Carl Foreman||Nominated|
High Noon: The Cowards Among usBy 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 Classicon 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 NoonBy 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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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: You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If you're honest you're poor your whole life and in the end you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star.
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They used little to no makeup on the face of Gary Cooper, to show his lines and show how worried he was.
Bill Clinton's all-time favorite film. He watched it seventeen times during his two terms as President of the United States.
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