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High Noon

High Noon

Director: Fred Zinnemann Cast: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell


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This Western classic stars Gary Cooper as Hadleyville marshal Will Kane, about to retire from office and go on his honeymoon with his new Quaker bride, Amy (Grace Kelly). But his happiness is short-lived when he is informed that the Miller gang, whose leader (Ian McDonald) Will had arrested, is due on the 12:00 train. Pacifist Amy urges Will to leave town and forget about the Millers, but this isn't his style; protecting Hadleyburg has always been his duty, and it remains so now. But when he asks for deputies to fend off the Millers, virtually nobody will stand by him. Chief Deputy Harvey Pell (Lloyd Bridges) covets Will's job and ex-mistress (Katy Jurado); his mentor, former lawman Martin Howe (Lon Chaney Jr.) is now arthritic and unable to wield a gun. Even Amy, who doesn't want to be around for her husband's apparently certain demise, deserts him. Meanwhile, the clocks tick off the minutes to High Noon -- the film is shot in "real time," so that its 85-minute length corresponds to the story's actual timeframe. Utterly alone, Kane walks into the center of town, steeling himself for his showdown with the murderous Millers. Considered a landmark of the "adult western," High Noon won four Academy Awards (including Best Actor for Cooper) and Best Song for the hit, "Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling" sung by Tex Ritter. The screenplay was written by Carl Foreman, whose blacklisting was temporarily prevented by star Cooper, one of Hollywood's most virulent anti-Communists. John Wayne, another notable showbiz right-winger and Western hero, was so appalled at the notion that a Western marshal would beg for help in a showdown that he and director Howard Hawks "answered" High Noon with Rio Bravo (1959).

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2012
UPC: 0887090037006
Original Release: 1952
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 2,664

Special Features

The Making of High Noon Hosted by Leonard Maltin; Includes Interviews with Lloyd Bridges; Stanley Kramer; Fred Zinnemann; John Ritter; David Crosby; ; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Will Kane
Grace Kelly Amy Kane
Thomas Mitchell Jonas Henderson
Lloyd Bridges Harvey Pell
Katy Jurado Helen Ramirez
Otto Kruger Percy Mettrick
Lon Chaney Martin Howe
Henry Morgan Sam Fuller
Ian MacDonald Frank Miller
Eve McVeagh Mildred Fuller
Morgan Farley Minister
Harry Shannon Cooper
Lee Van Cleef Jack Colby
Robert J. Wilke James Pierce
Sheb Wooley Ben Miller
Tom London Sam
Ted Stanhope Station Master
Larry Blake Gillis
Jeanne Blackford Mrs. Henderson
James Millican Baker
Cliff Clark Weaver
Ralph Reed Johnny
Lucien Prival Bartender
Guy Beach Fred
Howland Chamberlain Hotel Clerk
Virginia Christine Mrs. Simpson
Jack Elam Charlie
Paul Dubov Scott
Tim Graham Sawyer
Nolan Leary Lewis
Tom Greenway Ezra
Dick Elliott Kibbee
John Doucette Trumbull
Virginia Farmer Mrs. Fletcher
William Newell Jimmy
William "Bill" Phillips Barber
Harry Harvey Coy

Technical Credits
Fred Zinnemann Director
Floyd D.Crosby Cinematographer
Emmett Emerson Asst. Director,Set Decoration/Design
Carl Foreman Producer,Screenwriter
Harry Gerstad Editor
Ben Hayne Art Director
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley Kramer Producer
Gus Norin Makeup
Ann Peck Costumes/Costume Designer
Tex Ritter Songwriter
Jean L. Speak Sound/Sound Designer
Rudolph Sternad Production Designer
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Murray Waite Set Decoration/Design
Ned Washington Songwriter
Elmo Williams Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- High Noon
1. Opening [:00]
2. Hanging Up the Star [6:25]
3. Wife or Widow [7:18]
4. A Single Volunteer [13:18]
5. Church Meeting [16:15]
6. Mrs. Kane & Mrs. Ramirez [11:25]
7. Waiting For the Noon Train [13:27]
8. Showdown [5:43]

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High Noon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
bnbillybob More than 1 year ago
This western set the standard for all others that followed. Director Fred Zinneman does a brilliant job in building almost unbearable suspense. An aging marshall (Gary Cooper) ponders the future with his young bride in anticipation of a revenge-seeking killer and his gang. The clock actually becomes the central focus of the film. Great performances by Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado. A must-see movie for western and suspense fans!
thorsbane More than 1 year ago
Enough said.
JamTheCat More than 1 year ago
I give the movie 5 stars because it's a well-deserved classic. Gary Cooper anchors the film in a stark reality and the moral nature of the tale is just as relevant today as it was 65 years ago. But the extras diminish this DVD massively...first because all you get is a trailer and a short video of Leonard Maltin talking about the making of the movie (with short interviews) that was produced in 1992, and second because both are all out of sync. Not badly so; just enough to notice and irritate. Maltin also makes a huge error in claiming this was Cooper's only Oscar; it was his second. The movie is worth the money; it's too bad the extras are not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cooper won an Oscar for his performance as Marshall Will Kane, who must face down killer Frank Miller and his band of friends. Kane sent Miller to prison several years before, but Miller has been released and has promised to return to the town of Hadleyville to kill Kane. Coincidentally, just as Miller is released, Kane is retiring and marrying Amy(Grace Kelly). Newly married, Kane tells his bride he must stay and face Miller. Drama and tension predominate throughout this gritty black and white film. Tex Ritter's song, Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling plays throughout, providing a compelling musical background.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Certainly one of the greatest movies of all time. Drawn from (intentionally or unintentionally) from the Passion of Christ. Very heavy Christian overtones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best action movie ever!!! you need to see it. it is just as good as the first. It has great special effects. it far outstrips Indiana Jones. if you see only one movie this year, make it mission impossible 3. You won’t regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest westerns of all time,certainly the benchmark for all the others that followed.A fully deserved oscar for Coop for an outstanding performance of an ordinary man who we can all relate to torn between fear and duty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shot in an austere black and white that sets a starkly elegant tone for this excellent movie, HIGH NOON remains amoung the best of it's genre. Many of the Westerns that follow owe a debt to the actors and director for their workmanship and creativity.
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