ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

High Noon, High Quality

Updated on June 5, 2018

Classic Western

The image of the lone Marshall standing alone, awaiting his fate at noon, is one of the most famous in movie history. It was used with great success in the Polish Solidarity movement in 1980.

The film it comes from is brilliantly and deceptively simple, a battle between good and evil, and Gary Cooper is at his best in his Oscar winning role as the embattled Marshall Kane. One of the best Westerns ever made, High Noon was nominated for 8 Academy awards and won 4, including Best Actor for Coooper and Best Song for the hit, "Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling" sung by Tex Ritter. High Noon is rated number 27 best ever movies on the American Film Institute's 2007 list.

Plot Outline

On a blazing summer morning three members of a criminal gang converge on a small, quiet, arid western town called Hadleyville. They are planning to meet the gang leader, outlaw Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald), arriving on the noon train, in order to seek revenge on the town's marshall, Will Kane (Gary Cooper), who was the man responsible for putting him in the penitentiary five years earlier for terrorizing the town. Miller was pardoned a week earlier and paroled and now wants his revenge.

The Marshall is about to hand in his badge after marrying Quaker Amy (Grace Kelly) when he hears the news. He starts to leave town with his new wife but changes his mind out on the prairie and comes back to face the gunmen.

He seeks help from the townsfolk he had previously helped but since they are gripped with fear, he will have to stand alone. ("I've got a wife and kids," says one of the townspeople when opting out.) People pull away from the marshal because they want to live another day.

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.

Summary - A Great Movie

The film cost an astonishingly low $750,000 during a 28 day shoot and resulted in a true movie landmark -- generally regarded as the best western ever filmed, a true work of art.

Cooper stands as the symbol of the independent American man who stands alone against a formidable enemy - a man of few words, but holding fast to a righteous moral code like a true American gentleman.

Foreman almost certainly based movie message on the hysteria of his times and how he and many others would stand alone during the McCarthy hearings (he and a number of others on the project would face black listing), but the story is universal and applies to any case where a person must stand on principle. It is in the conflict between personal responsibility and the needs of the community where High Noon excels.

While it was okay for Kane to put his life on the line for the benefit of the community, the community refuses to return the favor.

The face of Gary Cooper becomes the ideal vehicle for carrying this complex story. He isn't the towering monument which would have been suggested by say, John Wayne. He's more fallible--and thus more human. Will Kane's uncertainty and anxiety could never have been attempted by Wayne (who despised the film and the character of Will Kane). However, with this alternate vision of the Western, High Noon achieves complexities that stayed beyond the reach of conventional Westerns. It is this complexity which makes the film stand out from the crowd. It is what makes it truly great.

Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado
Lloyd Bridges and Katy Jurado
Thomas Mitchell
Thomas Mitchell
Harry Morgan
Harry Morgan
Lee Van Cleef
Lee Van Cleef

Main Cast

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

Harry Morgan ... Sam Fuller

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

Sheb Wooley ... Ben Miller

Directed by Fred Zinnemann

Produced by Stanley Kramer , Carl Foreman

Written by John W. Cunningham (Story) ,Carl Foreman (Screenplay)

Distributed by United Artists

Release date(s) July 7, 1952 (Sweden)

Running time 85 min

Language English

Budget $750,000 USD (est.)

Gary Cooper Tribute

Amazon Shopping Ideas

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • supercibor profile image

      Hector Herrera 

      10 years ago from Dominican Republic

      that was a real western. Congratulations

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)