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.

SYNOPSIS

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)

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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BlogHub Articles:

Western RoundUp: High Noon

By Laura Grieve on May 28, 2024 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

High Noon I’ve seen High Noon (1952) multiple times over the years, including a memorable theatrical screening at the FilmEx festival when I was in my teens. The FilmEx screening, which took place in Century City, California, was part of a 50-hour movie marathon honoring the 50th anniversar... Read full article


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


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Quotes from

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.


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.


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.


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The 1980s were a tumultuous time in Poland. Workers' strikes in Gdansk led to the formation of the Solidarity movement. In 1980 Lech Walesa was elected chairman of this reform movement. The red and white Solidarity logo became an international icon that literally wrapped itself around the city, creating a visual momentum that lead to a political revolution. Once again, posters played a pivotal role in defining the future. In 1989, the day before the country was to vote on the political future of Poland, a poster featuring an image of Gary Cooper from this film was plastered on kiosks and walls around the country. This landmark image of the famous actor strolling towards the viewer depicted him carrying not a gun, but a voting ballot, and wearing a Solidarity logo above his sheriff's badge that read, "It's high noon, June 4, 1989." As Frank Fox, former professor of Eastern European History, stated, "Indeed, an American Western was an apt symbol for a political duel that marked the beginning of the end of Communism in Eastern Europe. Gary Cooper would have approved."
The wife of Sam, Harry Morgan's character, was named Mildred. In M*A*S*H, Morgan's character, Col. Sherman Potter, also had a wife named Mildred.
The picture takes place between 10:35 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. slightly longer than the 84 minute running time.
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