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High Noon (1952)
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Directed by: Fred Zinnemann

Starring: Gary Cooper, Lloyd Bridges, Thomas Mitchell, Grace Kelly

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High Noon DVD - Just The Good Stuff 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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