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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:
A Man Who Won't Run Away 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:
Director Fred Zinnemann said that the black smoke billowing from the train is a sign that the brakes were failing. He and the cameraman didn't know it at the time, and barely got out of the way. The camera tripod snagged itself on the track and fell over, smashing the camera, but the film survived and is in the movie.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:
Will:I've got to, that's the whole thing.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Lou Grant: Cover-Up (#3.16)" (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
High NoonSee more »

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47 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
A Man Who Won't Run Away, 29 May 2006
Author: SnorriGodhi from the Sagas of Icelanders

For me, Will Kane embodies the American ideal of a hero: a man who stands up for what is right, even when nobody else does, even when the temptation is strong to stick the head in the sand.

Will Kane explains his outlook at the outset: there is no point in running away if that means spending the rest of your life watching your back. His best chance is to face his enemies on his home ground. At this point, he still thinks that honest folk will stand by him. The rest of the movie is a study in character: will he stand his ground when his entire world crumbles around him?

It is puzzling that Howard Hawks, John Wayne, and others thought of High Noon as un-American. I am not sure if this is because of the allegory of the McCarthy era; or the people of an American town collectively sticking their heads in the sand; or the Marshal throwing his badge to the ground in the last scene.

Clearly, the movie does not criticize McCarthyism itself. (It has nothing to say about communism, either.) It appears to criticize the people who did not stand up to McCarthy and the HUAAC, but it can equally well be seen as a comment on the appeasers who did not stand up to fascism or communism.

In any case, not too much must be made of the anti-appeasement angle, because the townsfolk is not the primary focus of the movie: the focus is on Will Kane. When the townsfolk behave like cowards, that gives Will Kane a chance to prove that he is a hero. If the town had stood by the Marshal, we would have seen, at best, an excellent Western like Rio Bravo, but not a masterpiece like High Noon. For Will Kane to be a hero, it is necessary that he stands alone.

No statement can convey the dramatic impact of Will Kane throwing his badge away, but it is worth discussing what this gesture means. For me, it means that the town and the badge were not worth fighting for. Will Kane fought for principle: he fought because he does not run away.

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