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High Noon -- A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him.

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Director:
Writers:
Carl Foreman (screenplay)
John W. Cunningham (magazine story "The Tin Star")
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Release Date:
30 July 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Simple. Powerful. Unforgettable. See more »
Plot:
A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
superlative 50s western See more (319 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Marshal Will Kane

Thomas Mitchell ... Mayor Jonas Henderson

Lloyd Bridges ... Deputy Marshal Harvey Pell

Katy Jurado ... Helen Ramírez

Grace Kelly ... Amy Fowler Kane

Otto Kruger ... Judge Percy Mettrick

Lon Chaney Jr. ... Martin Howe (as Lon Chaney)

Harry Morgan ... Sam Fuller (as Henry Morgan)
Ian MacDonald ... Frank Miller
Eve McVeagh ... Mildred Fuller
Morgan Farley ... Dr. Mahin - Minister
Harry Shannon ... Cooper

Lee Van Cleef ... Jack Colby

Robert J. Wilke ... Jim Pierce (as Robert Wilke)
Sheb Wooley ... Ben Miller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lee Aaker ... Boy (uncredited)
Ernest Baldwin ... Townsman (uncredited)
Guy Beach ... Fred - Coffinmaker (uncredited)
Jeanne Blackford ... Mrs. Henderson (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Gillis - Saloon Owner (uncredited)
John Breen ... Church Member (uncredited)
Roy Bucko ... Barfly (uncredited)
Howland Chamberlain ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Virginia Christine ... Mrs. Simpson (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Ed Weaver (uncredited)
Ben Corbett ... Townsman (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Barfly (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Trumbull (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Church Member (uncredited)
Paul Dubov ... Scott (uncredited)

Jack Elam ... Charlie - Drunk in Jail (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Kibbee (uncredited)
Virginia Farmer ... Mrs. Fletcher (uncredited)
Tim Graham ... Sawyer (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Ezra (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Coy (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Townsman (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Church Member (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Lewis (uncredited)
Tom London ... Sam (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Fletcher (uncredited)
James Millican ... Deputy Sheriff Herb Baker (uncredited)
Kansas Moehring ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Townsman (uncredited)
William Newell ... Jimmy - Drunk with Eye Patch (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Church Member (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Barber (uncredited)
Lucien Prival ... Joe - Ramirez Saloon Bartender (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ... Johnny - Town Boy (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Townsman (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Second Old Timer on Hotel Porch (uncredited)
Charles Soldani ... Indian Outside of Saloon (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Station Master (uncredited)
Theresa Testa ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
 
Writing credits
Carl Foreman (screenplay)

John W. Cunningham (magazine story "The Tin Star")

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer
Carl Foreman .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Floyd Crosby (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Elmo Williams 
 
Casting by
Jack Murton (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
 
Art Direction by
Ben Hayne 
 
Set Decoration by
Murray Waite (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Louise Miehle .... hair stylist
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production supervisor
Percy Ikerd .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emmett Emerson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jean L. Speak .... sound engineer (as Jean Speak)
John Speak .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Willis Cook .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Slim Talbot .... stunt double (uncredited)
Don Turner .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Morris Rosen .... head grip
Homer Plannette .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... wardrobe: men
Ann Peck .... wardrobe: ladies
 
Editorial Department
Harry W. Gerstad .... editorial supervisor (as Harry Gerstad)
Robert L. Lippert Jr. .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George C. Emick .... music editor (as George Emick)
Dimitri Tiomkin .... music director
Manuel Emanuel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Anthony Galla-Rini .... musician: accordions (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sam Freedle .... script clerk
Sally Hamilton .... executive secretary (uncredited)
Nina Moise .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Fred Polangin .... merchandising director (uncredited)
Len Simpson .... publicity director (uncredited)
Calvin Spencer .... double: Lloyd Bridges (uncredited)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some western violence, and smoking
Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:12 | Canada:G (Manitoba) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (re-release) | UK:U | USA:PG | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #15653) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
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."See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In a number of scenes there are Pabst Brewing signs is seen on the inside and outside walls of the saloon. Although they did brew in 1848 they did so under the name Best and Company and did not change to Pabst until 1889 and the 37 star flag suggests the setting dates are between 1867-1876.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)See more »
Soundtrack:
Battle Hymn of the RepublicSee more »

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87 out of 122 people found the following review useful.
superlative 50s western, 22 March 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

Gary Cooper's greatest role, at 50, as the newly-married sheriff, Will Kane, left to fend for himself against his returning enemies, abandoned by the town he remains loyal to, and played out in real time through its 90 minute running time.

Ably supported by Grace Kelly as his pacifist Quaker wife, who discovers love and right triumphs over long-held preconceptions; Katy Jurado as Kane's former mistress, a fiery Latino type; and Lloyd Bridges as the feisty deputy; Cooper runs away with the acting honours. The theme tune by Tex Ritter is also worthy of note.

‘High Noon' works because of its tightly written script, its cracking pace and crackling tension. I've seen the film many times and always see something different to notice and admire; still, I'd love to see it again for the first time and not know the twists and turns, not know how it ends. A fabulous film – one of the best.

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