High Noon (1952)
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Directed by: Fred Zinnemann
Starring: Gary Cooper, Lloyd Bridges, Thomas Mitchell, Grace Kelly
High Noon ranked # 33 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
High Noon is a 1952 western film which tells the story of a town
sheriff, who has just married a pacifist Quaker woman. Upon giving up
his office immediately after the wedding, he must take on a gang of
outlaws led by Frank Miller, a man he personally arrested and sent to
the gallows, but was instead paroled by a corrupt administration. The
entire town deserts him.
The movie was written by John W. Cunningham (story) and Carl Foreman,
based on a pulp short story, The Tin Star. It was directed by Fred
Zinnemann, a controversial choice, since the producers were uncertain
that an Austrian Jew would be able to direct the quintessential
American genre: the Western. Zinnemann himself was highly influenced
by the books of Karl May that he had read as a child. Writer Carl
Foreman was also the producer of the film, but he was uncredited
because he was blacklisted by the MPAA.
The movie won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gary
Cooper), Best Film Editing, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or
Comedy Picture (Dimitri Tiomkin), and Best Music, Song (Dimitri
Tiomkin and Ned Washington for High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My
Darlin'), sung by Tex Ritter). It was nominated for Best Director,
Best Picture, and Best Writing, Screenplay.
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