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High Noon Details

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This Western classic stars [[Performer~P223908~Gary Cooper~garycooper]] as Hadleyville marshal Will Kane, about to retire from office and go on his honeymoon with his new Quaker bride, Amy ([[Performer~P37518~Grace Kelly~gracekelly]]). But his happiness is short-lived when he is informed that the Miller gang, whose leader ([[Performer~P47292~Ian McDonald~tommcdonald]]) 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 ([[Performer~P3198~Lloyd Bridges~lloydbridges]]) covets Will's job and ex-mistress ([[Performer~P36544~Katy Jurado~katyjurado]]); 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 [[Performer~P118574~Carl Foreman~carlforeman]], whose blacklisting was temporarily prevented by star Cooper, one of Hollywood's most virulent anti-Communists. [[Performer~P116130~John Wayne~johnwayne]], 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 [[Performer~P93764~Howard Hawks~howardhawks]] "answered" High Noon with [[Feature~V41469~Rio Bravo~riobravo]] (1959). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 24, 1952

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Gerstad Best Editing 1952 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ned Washington Best Song 1952 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stanley Kramer Best Picture 1952 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Fred Zinnemann Best Director 1952 Winner
Directors Guild of America Fred Zinnemann Best Director 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Fred Zinnemann Best Director 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elmo Williams Best Editing 1952 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Katy Jurado Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1952 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Katy Jurado New Star of the Year - Female 1952 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gary Cooper Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1952 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gary Cooper Best Actor 1952 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dimitri Tiomkin Best Original Score 1952 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dimitri Tiomkin Best Drama or Comedy Score 1952 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dimitri Tiomkin Best Song 1952 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Floyd D.Crosby Best Cinematography - Black and White 1952 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Carl Foreman Best Screenplay 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carl Foreman Best Screenplay 1952 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Fred Zinnemann
Director
Stanley Kramer
Producer
Carl Foreman
Producer
Carl Foreman
Screenwriter
Floyd D.Crosby
Cinematographer
Tex Ritter
Songwriter
Dimitri Tiomkin
Composer (Music Score)
Ned Washington
Songwriter
Elmo Williams
Editor
Harry Gerstad
Editor
Rudolph Sternad
Production Designer
Ben Hayne
Art Director
Murray Waite
Set Designer
Emmett Emerson
Set Designer
Emmett Emerson
First Assistant Director
Gus Norin
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