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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 12 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Remarkably well-organised western in which not one single second is wasted and the tension is built up admirably. See more (310 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)
John L. Cason ... 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)
Chubby Johnson ... First Old Timer on Hotel Porch (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)
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Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
 
Writing credits
Carl Foreman (screenplay)

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

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer (as A Stanley Kramer Production)
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:
As Carl Foreman's script bore certain similarities to John W. Cunningham's story "The Tin Star", producer Stanley Kramer bought the rights to Cunningham's novel to protect the production against accusations of plagiarism.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the church scene, the front wall behind the pulpit is illuminated with wall-mounted candelabras, each one holding what appear to be lighted candles. The church scene is an extended scene, but throughout the scene, none of the candles' flames flicker, waver or smoke, as would be typical of real candles. These are obviously electric candles with electrically-powered bulbs. But judging by the setting and time period, it's clear that the story takes place before modern electricity.See more »
Quotes:
Helen:You're a good-looking boy: you've big, broad shoulders. But he's a man. And it takes more than big, broad shoulders to make a man.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
High NoonSee more »

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86 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
Remarkably well-organised western in which not one single second is wasted and the tension is built up admirably., 16 April 2006
Author: Jonathon Dabell (barnaby.rudge@hotmail.co.uk) from Todmorden, England

John Wayne was totally wrong to call this movie un-American. Courage and cowardice are universal emotions, and the attitudes of the characters in High Noon are, I think, incredibly truthful and telling. I know that if I lived in the Wild West, had a job and family, and was asked to stand up and fight against a gang of gun-toting psychos I would probably not be able to do it. That's why Gary Cooper's Will Kane is such a remarkable character in terms of self-respect, morality and inner strength. It's the way he MUST uphold the law even though it will perhaps cost him his wife and his life. It is the various townfolk with whom most of us will identify, even if it makes us feel shame or unworthiness to admit it. No matter how bravely we act, nor how much we want to think heroically of ourselves, 90% of us would cower in the shadows when the time came to do what Will Kane does in this movie.

On his wedding day, dependable lawman Will Kane (Gary Cooper) has just handed in his badge and is preparing to leave town with his bride Amy (Grace Kelly) when he receives devastating news. An old adversary, Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald), has been pardoned for crimes that he should have hanged for and is on his way to Kane's town of Hadleyville to get revenge. He is due on the noon train, leaving Kane one hour to either run for his life or make preparations to fight. Kane and Amy set off at full gallop, hoping to put some miles between themselves and danger, but Kane doesn't get far before he feels compelled to turn back. With the new sheriff not due for a day, he just can't let go of the extraordinary sense of duty and responsibility he feels towards his town. However when he gets back to town he gets quite a shock - for no-one has the guts (nor, in some instances, the inclination) to fight alongside him against the Miller gang. As time ticks unstoppably towards noon, Kane gradually realises that if he's going to stop Miller and his boys, he's going to have to do it alone!

Cooper's performance is extremely powerful and he received a thoroughly deserved Oscar for it. Kelly is good as his bride, although many viewers will find her character hard to like. Lloyd Bridges has a brilliant early role as Kane's deputy, while the very best of the supporting pack is Katy Jurado as a Latino woman whose "history" with most of the men in town puts her in an unenviable position when the shooting starts. Fred Zinnemann directs the film outstandingly, making each scene fit into the grander scheme of things with literate precision. Any aspiring young film-maker wanting to learn how to pace a film correctly should watch High Noon with a close eye, for it is unparallelled as the most perfectly paced film of all-time. The music by Dmitri Tomkin - plus that incredible ballad "Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling" by Tex Ritter - is just one more element that makes High Noon one of the great masterpieces. There's nothing else to say - if you haven't already, go out and see this film NOW!

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Why not 'arrest' the 3 gunman before the train arrived? ChicagoToffee
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