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High Noon (1952)

PG  |   |  Drama, Western  |  30 July 1952 (USA)
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A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.



(screenplay), (magazine story "The Tin Star")
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Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some western violence, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 July 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A la hora señalada  »

Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gary Cooper worked on the film for three weeks in September 1951. See more »


Once the showdown began, the first time Kane is fired upon by an off screen gunman, the bullet strikes the side of a barn about a foot over his left shoulder. At the same time Kane grabs his upper left arm as if he was wounded. His shirt from that point on is torn as if damaged by a bullet. The ballistics involved for that scenario just doesn't work, the bullet would have had to bounce off Kane's arm in an impossible trajectory. See more »


Martin: People gotta talk themselves into law and order before they do anything about it. Maybe because down deep they don't care. They just don't care.
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High Noon
by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Tex Ritter
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Citizen Kane
29 August 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

High Noon is one of the most loved films of all times thanks to the elements that came together to make it the classic that it is. The movie owes a lot to Fred Zinnemann for his tight account of this story by Carl Foreman. The film benefits from Dimitri Tiomkin's great score and the great cinematography by Floyd Crosby.

This is a film that packs a lot of symbolism because of the times when it was done. Those were the days of the communist hysteria where many people in the industry were accused, tried and lost jobs because when they faced the HUAC and Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Gary Cooper plays a man who is decent enough to return to the town where he just has gotten married and has finished his tour of duty. His conscience doesn't let him leave his post as he delays his plans and goes back to defend the town from the bandit who's been freed by Northern judges, and is coming back to seek revenge from Marshal Kane and the town.

Gary Cooper embodied the all Amercian hero. He was an actor who could do no wrong, as he proves in his take of Marshal Kane. We see him as the clock is ticking away toward noon time when the train will arrive in Hadleyville. We see him perspire as he goes around trying to get people help him deal with the problem, to no avail; he will have to do it himself. In the process, he clearly disappoints his new bride, who is horrified at the prospect of losing the man she clearly loves.

Grace Kelly was such an elegant figure that it's hard to imagine she would be in Hadleyville at all! Katy Jurado was also excellent as the jaded Helen Ramirez, the woman who owned a lot of businesses in town. Also effective, Thomas Mitchell, as the mayor of the town and Lloyd Bridges, as Harvey.

This is a film to treasure.

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