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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:
"Oh, To Be Torn Twixt Love And Duty" See more (312 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:
Although the picture takes place between 10:35 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.. slightly longer than the 84-minute running time, this was due to the re-editing ordered by Stanley Kramer and Fred Zinnemann, both of whom were unhappy over the first assemblage. Editor Elmo Williams experimented by using the final portion of the material shot and condensed it to exactly 60 minutes of footage timed to real-time in the film. Thus the film we see is Williams' experimental version, which met with both Kramer's and Zinnemann's approval.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the mayor makes his speech in church there are children sitting in the pews with the adults. Then the children disappear, but they're back in the next shot.See more »
Quotes:
[to Deputy Harvey Pell]
Joe:I knew you had guts but I never figured you for brains. It takes a pretty smart man to know when to back away.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight)See more »

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52 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
"Oh, To Be Torn Twixt Love And Duty", 22 April 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

On Marshal Gary Cooper's wedding day to Grace Kelly, Lee Van Cleef, Sheb Woolley, and Robert J. Wilkie wait at the train station for the noon arriving train. It will be carrying their former gang leader, Ian McDonald who Cooper sent to prison and who's vowing vengeance.

From the gitgo it's made abundantly clear that these are four nasty dudes who the town ought to deal with expeditiously. But the good elements of the town have grown fat and lazy and content to throw the responsibility of law and order on Cooper's shoulders. And he's quitting anyway, going on his honeymoon with his Quaker bride. A new marshal is going to arrive the next day. Why get involved. They want Cooper to just take his problem elsewhere. That view is probably best expressed by Thomas Mitchell in the scene at the church.

Speaking of the scene in the church my favorite business in High Noon is when preacher Morgan Farley tells Cooper how dare he come into the church because a few hours earlier he didn't see fit to get married in that church. What a set of priorities.

Grace Kelly had her breakthrough role in High Noon. She's a Quaker with deeply held pacifist principles. She's marrying a lawman, but one who's quitting that life. Her best scene in the film is with Katy Jurado who is Cooper's former gal pal. Katy explains the facts of life to Grace about marriage and the duty of standing by your man, long before Tammy Wynette ever sung about it. When the time comes, Grace does the right thing.

Like his rival in western films, John Wayne, Gary Cooper had one of the great faces for movie closeups. Back in the day it used to be a running joke about how Cooper's dialog used to be just "yep" and "nope." It was a good deal more than that. But High Noon's plot is carried quite a bit by the many closeup shots of Cooper. His face tells more than ten pages of speech and it keeps the tension of the film going. Man did not win two Academy Awards for nothing.

Of course the theme of High Noon is also expressed in Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington's Academy Award winning song, sung at times during the film by Tex Ritter. However the big hit record of the film was from Frankie Laine. I doubt there has ever been a movie theme song that expressed everything you needed to know about the motivation of the central character in the film. I don't think High Noon would have attained the classic status it has without that song.

Another great performance in the film is Lon Chaney, Jr. as the former town marshal, old and cynical, who'd like to help Cooper out, but at his age and health realizes he'd be more of a hindrance. He's the only one that Cooper understands and forgives.

The final gun battle is choreographed like a ballet, it's that good. Maybe the best ever filmed. Can't describe it, you got to see it.

The interaction of the town's responsibilities for maintaining law and order and Cooper's personal pride and integrity have been dealt with in various ways in other films. I'd check out Rio Bravo, Warlock, Death of a Gunfighter, Welcome to Hard Times, all of these take a different slant on the same themes.

But personally I've always liked what the townspeople did in a Frank Sinatra film, Johnny Concho. That's what the people of Hadleyville should have done right at the start.

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