High Noon

High Noon

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Director: Fred Zinnemann

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This Western classic stars Gary Cooper as Hadleyville marshal Will Kane, about to retire from office and go on his honeymoon with his new Quaker bride, Amy (Grace Kelly). But his happiness is short-lived when he is informed that the Miller gang, whose leader (Ian McDonald) Will had arrested, is due on the 12:00 train. Pacifist Amy urges Will to leave town and forget…  See more details below


This Western classic stars Gary Cooper as Hadleyville marshal Will Kane, about to retire from office and go on his honeymoon with his new Quaker bride, Amy (Grace Kelly). But his happiness is short-lived when he is informed that the Miller gang, whose leader (Ian McDonald) Will had arrested, is due on the 12:00 train. Pacifist Amy urges Will to leave town and forget about the Millers, but this isn't his style; protecting Hadleyburg has always been his duty, and it remains so now. But when he asks for deputies to fend off the Millers, virtually nobody will stand by him. Chief Deputy Harvey Pell (Lloyd Bridges) covets Will's job and ex-mistress (Katy Jurado); his mentor, former lawman Martin Howe (Lon Chaney Jr.) is now arthritic and unable to wield a gun. Even Amy, who doesn't want to be around for her husband's apparently certain demise, deserts him. Meanwhile, the clocks tick off the minutes to High Noon -- the film is shot in "real time," so that its 85-minute length corresponds to the story's actual timeframe. Utterly alone, Kane walks into the center of town, steeling himself for his showdown with the murderous Millers. Considered a landmark of the "adult western," High Noon won four Academy Awards (including Best Actor for Cooper) and Best Song for the hit, "Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling" sung by Tex Ritter. The screenplay was written by Carl Foreman, whose blacklisting was temporarily prevented by star Cooper, one of Hollywood's most virulent anti-Communists. John Wayne, another notable showbiz right-winger and Western hero, was so appalled at the notion that a Western marshal would beg for help in a showdown that he and director Howard Hawks "answered" High Noon with Rio Bravo (1959).

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A flawless cinematic exercise in nearly unendurable suspense, High Noon rates high among the select group of movie westerns that have achieved immortality by transcending the long-proscribed limitations of the genre. It’s a testament to Carl Foreman’s screenplay that the basic situation and characters have been successfully adapted to films set not only in contemporary urban locations but in a futuristic space station as well. High Noon provides a wonderful showcase for aging screen icon (and onetime cowboy) Gary Cooper, portraying the small-town marshal whose wedding day -- and scheduled retirement -- is disrupted by the impending arrival of a revenge-seeking killer and his gang. Past his prime, and fearful of a duel’s outcome, he solicits help from the townspeople he has faithfully served -- only to be refused at every turn. Director Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity) tells this story in "real time," with clocks ticking away ominously toward the hour of the inevitable gunfight. He elicits subtly powerful performances from a splendid cast that includes Grace Kelly (as Cooper’s Quaker bride), Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, and Katy Jurado. But it’s Cooper’s show all the way, and he handily won an Oscar for his nuanced portrayal of a simple man torn between fear and duty. High Noon has been often parodied over the years, right down to its Academy Award-winning theme song ("Do Not Forsake Me"), but the good-natured ribbing only underscores the film's enduring influence. The DVD Special Edition offers a documentary ("The Making of High Noon"), as well as a photo gallery, theatrical trailers, and a separate audio track for the musical score.
All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Fred Zinnemann's High Noon was described by John Wayne as the most un-American movie he'd ever seen. It offered an in-your-face story about responsibility, private and public, and some truths about the archetypal American community that would have been unpleasant in any era, but were even more so during the Red Scare of the early 1950s: the spectacle of town marshal Wil Kane (played by a too-old Gary Cooper), abandoned by his friends and neighbors and having to face down outlaws alone, was a pretty raw statement about where some people (including liberal producer Stanley Kramer) feared we were heading in 1952. It was the soundtrack, completed by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington with a song sung by an off-screen Tex Ritter, that helped turn the movie into a huge box office hit. This was a double irony, and an indicator of just what a miraculous conjuring trick Kramer and Zinnemann and screenwriter Carl Foreman had pulled off: Ritter was a reactionary Republican, Cooper an avowed anti-communist, Foreman an avowed Communist sympathizer (who left Hollywood before the movie was released), the movie had two blacklistees in major roles (Lloyd Bridges and Howland Chamberlain), and Kramer was Hollywood's one respected liberal voice. They came up with a film that opened the way for a generation of serious westerns, including The Bravados, The Big Country, and The Searchers.

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Special Features

The Making of High Noon Hosted by Leonard Maltin; Includes Interviews with Lloyd Bridges; Stanley Kramer; Fred Zinnemann; John Ritter; David Crosby; ; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Will Kane
Grace Kelly Amy Kane
Thomas Mitchell Jonas Henderson
Lloyd Bridges Harvey Pell
Katy Jurado Helen Ramirez
Otto Kruger Percy Mettrick
Lon Chaney Martin Howe
Henry Morgan Sam Fuller
Ian MacDonald Frank Miller
Eve McVeagh Mildred Fuller
Morgan Farley Minister
Harry Shannon Cooper
Lee Van Cleef Jack Colby
Robert J. Wilke James Pierce
Sheb Wooley Ben Miller
Tom London Sam
Ted Stanhope Station Master
Larry Blake Gillis
Jeanne Blackford Mrs. Henderson
James Millican Baker
Cliff Clark Weaver
Ralph Reed Johnny
Lucien Prival Bartender
Guy Beach Fred
Howland Chamberlain Hotel Clerk
Virginia Christine Mrs. Simpson
Jack Elam Charlie
Paul Dubov Scott
Tim Graham Sawyer
Nolan Leary Lewis
Tom Greenway Ezra
Dick Elliott Kibbee
John Doucette Trumbull
Virginia Farmer Mrs. Fletcher
William Newell Jimmy
William "Bill" Phillips Barber
Harry Harvey Coy

Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director
Floyd D.Crosby Cinematographer
Emmett Emerson Asst. Director,Set Decoration/Design
Carl Foreman Producer,Screenwriter
Harry Gerstad Editor
Ben Hayne Art Director
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Kramer Producer
Gus Norin Makeup
Ann Peck Costumes/Costume Designer
Tex Ritter Songwriter
Jean L. Speak Sound/Sound Designer
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Murray Waite Set Decoration/Design
Ned Washington Songwriter
Elmo Williams Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- High Noon
1. Opening [:00]
2. Hanging Up the Star [6:25]
3. Wife or Widow [7:18]
4. A Single Volunteer [13:18]
5. Church Meeting [16:15]
6. Mrs. Kane & Mrs. Ramirez [11:25]
7. Waiting For the Noon Train [13:27]
8. Showdown [5:43]


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High Noon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cooper won an Oscar for his performance as Marshall Will Kane, who must face down killer Frank Miller and his band of friends. Kane sent Miller to prison several years before, but Miller has been released and has promised to return to the town of Hadleyville to kill Kane. Coincidentally, just as Miller is released, Kane is retiring and marrying Amy(Grace Kelly). Newly married, Kane tells his bride he must stay and face Miller. Drama and tension predominate throughout this gritty black and white film. Tex Ritter's song, Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling plays throughout, providing a compelling musical background.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shot in an austere black and white that sets a starkly elegant tone for this excellent movie, HIGH NOON remains amoung the best of it's genre. Many of the Westerns that follow owe a debt to the actors and director for their workmanship and creativity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Certainly one of the greatest movies of all time. Drawn from (intentionally or unintentionally) from the Passion of Christ. Very heavy Christian overtones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest westerns of all time,certainly the benchmark for all the others that followed.A fully deserved oscar for Coop for an outstanding performance of an ordinary man who we can all relate to torn between fear and duty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best action movie ever!!! you need to see it. it is just as good as the first. It has great special effects. it far outstrips Indiana Jones. if you see only one movie this year, make it mission impossible 3. You won’t regret it.
bnbillybob More than 1 year ago
This western set the standard for all others that followed. Director Fred Zinneman does a brilliant job in building almost unbearable suspense. An aging marshall (Gary Cooper) ponders the future with his young bride in anticipation of a revenge-seeking killer and his gang. The clock actually becomes the central focus of the film. Great performances by Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado. A must-see movie for western and suspense fans!
thorsbane More than 1 year ago
Enough said.
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