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 ...
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). Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Cooper. Run time: 85 minutes. Aspect ratio: Normal TV. Originally released: 1952. Language: English. High Noon with Gary Cooper, and Grace Kelly. Classic Black and White Historic VHS Movie. Studied as curriculum in High School 1977. Great Photography. Gary Cooper won an Oscar for Best Actor. First Starring Role for Grace Kelly. Also, Loyd Bridges, Lon Chaney. Found this Movie in a Thrift Store. Good Condition. Great Movie. Highly Recommended. Box/Tape Good Shape.
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Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell, Lloyd Bridges, Katy Jurado, Otto Kruger. Run time: 85 mins. Originally released: 1952. Language: English. This VHS black and white tape is from a private collection and is in "like new" shape. The box cover is also in very good condition, with just a slight rubbing at bottom edges and one back side edge. It also contains the original theatrical trailer plus two small replicas of lobby cards (4 3/4" x 3 3/4").
I saw this classic 1952 western, "High Noon" many years ago as a child or adolescent but had little recollection of it. The past few years I have become interested in American westerns and have read some of the literary examples of the genre, including works by A.B Guthrie and "Butcher's Crossing" by John Williams. I have also revisited some classic western films, such as "Shane". My book group recently discussed Williams' "Butcher's Crossing", and thus I was primed for more westerns. The timing was good, and I saw "High Noon" on screen at the beautiful AFI Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland. The AFI presented "High Noon" in celebration of the film's 65th anniversary and as part of a promotion of a new book, "High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic" The author, Glenn Frankel, attended one of the earlier showings and signed copies of his book.
Westerns were everywhere in the 1950s and early 1960s. I became interested again to see the qualities the genre possessed beyond formulaic stereotyping. I also thought this once highly popular genre might still have something to teach about how Americans understood and could still understand themselves and their country.
The best works in the genre take formulaic elements and turn them into something original and creative. The books and films mentioned in the first paragraph of this review do so, and "High Noon" does as well. The film tells the story of Marshall Will Kane (Gary Cooper) who has served a small town. Hadleyville, in the Territory of New Mexico and cleared out its outlaws. Kane has just married Amy Fowler (Grace Kelly) and is about to retire. He learns that a killer he was responsible for putting in jail years earlier had just been released and was returning to town with three other thugs. Kane determines to stand the killer and the gang down. Most of the film, shot in real time, shows how the townspeople were afraid and unwilling to help and how Kane's determination to fight the gang threatened his marriage just as it began.
On its release, "High Noon" was widely taken as a parable which critiqued Hollywood blacklisting, and, from the title, this theme is developed in Frankel's book. The film was properly seen that way both by its supporters and its critics in the 1950s. But if the film were only a topical critique of blacklisting, it probably would not have survived much less become a classic example of its genre. As with much art, the film has a breadth of meaning beyond political events,
Creative work often is ambiguous and will bear many meanings or interpretations. And so it is with "High Noon". I saw the film as a western and as a story of the qualities which made for settlement of the American West. These qualities included a devotion to law and to community. Even if the community displayed cowardice and timidity at a crucial moment, the community was still the source which gave meaning to the determined and purposeful acts of an individual, such as Marshall Kane. The film also emphasizes the importance of having a view of what is right and being willing to act upon it, toughness, and a certain stubbornness. In the film, Marshall Kane had these qualities while most of the town residents were timid and preferred not to get involved. The film celebrates Marshall Kane's loyalty, devotion to duty and willing to take a large chance. In the process, it also shows the community which was able to grow and thrive, after its cravenness, due to an act of courage. The film's exploration of character and community transcends Hollywood blacklisting.
There is a great deal to be learned about American creativity, American character, and the way Americans see themselves from American westerns and other parts of our popular culture. I was grateful for the opportunity to see this film in period theater, to enjoy it, and to think about its significance.
Dec 10, 2015
A True Classic!
Every western movie buff should have this - with the real story in hand you can then watch the various new ones that come along. This movie has tension - and more tension. Will the hero fall to the several attempts by the bad guys to get their revenge? You have to have a DVD! It is a must for all western movies watchesr! Can't go wrong! Gary Cooper was a great western star!
Mar 21, 2013
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