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The Man Called Noon (1973)

Un hombre llamado Noon (original title)
Noon is a gunfighter who has become amnesiac. Helped by Rimes, an outlaw who has befriended him, he tries to figure out who he is actually. It gradually appears that his wife and kid have ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Noon
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Rimes
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Fan Davidge
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Judge Niland
Patty Shepard ...
Peg Cullane
Ángel del Pozo ...
Ben Janish (as Angel del Pozo)
Howard Ross ...
Bayles
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Kissling
José Jaspe ...
Henneker (as Jose Jaspe)
Charly Bravo ...
Lang (as Charley Bravo)
Ricardo Palacios ...
Brakeman
Fernando Hilbeck ...
Ford
José Canalejas ...
Cherry (as Jose Canalejas)
Julián Ugarte ...
Christobal (as Julian Ugarte)
Barta Barri ...
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Noon is a gunfighter who has become amnesiac. Helped by Rimes, an outlaw who has befriended him, he tries to figure out who he is actually. It gradually appears that his wife and kid have been murdered. As time goes by, Noon also recalls a fortune hidden somewhere. Niland, a scheming judge, and Peg Cullane, a greedy will do everything to prevent Noon and Rimes from achieving their end while Fan Davidge, a woman living in a ghost town, will support them. Written by Guy Bellinger

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They Buried The Wrong Man. He Won't Make The Same Mistake. See more »

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11 August 1973 (Italy)  »

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The Man Called Noon  »

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Italian censorship visa # 62464 delivered on 12-5-1973. See more »

Quotes

Noon: Are you coming?
Rimes: Yeah, I figure you might need me...if only to put a marker on your grave.
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Stephen Boyd pairs up with amnesiac Richard Crenna who seeks his identity
26 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most of this memorable spaghetti western is well above average for the genre. Only when it reaches the concluding sequence involving a big gun and fire battle does it lose its distinction. The pictorial quality is very satisfying with many classically composed shots. Director Peter Collinson again and again uses wood of all kinds as frames and reference points that provide perspective. The story is mysterious from the outset, as an assassin climbs to a rooftop in order to kill Richard Crenna. Luckily, Crenna's head is only creased but he loses his memory. Stephen Boyd becomes a partner as Crenna follows various instincts, including a horse that knows and walks an unknown path, in order to discover who he is. The evidence mounts that he's known for being a gunman and that he was on a job when the murder attempt was made. The story maintains suspense and a sense of real mystery for almost its entire length. Farley Granger comes in later as a judge in El Paso, but his character is not properly developed and the story starts to lose its aura. Gold makes its appearance, as if often the case in these stories. There is a large underground cavern and a cabin built into a mountain and atop this cave that provides a fascinating setting too.

Finally there comes a big shootout, with Crenna, Boyd and Rosanna Schiaffino very greatly outnumbered. It is at this point that the story becomes more routine.

This is overall a more than satisfying spaghetti western. Crenna and Boyd are both fine as their characters, and their parts are well-written. Add in the very adept cinematography and you have a good picture.


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