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Movie : High Noon

 

 

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This was another film that CB’s dad turned him onto. ‘High Noon’ was another great movie.

Three rough looking cowboys meet up out in hard country.  They ride into town and they’re not looking to be sociable.  They are noticed by the town folk and their presence starts a stir.  We cut to a small wedding ceremony.  Sheriff Will Kane is marrying Amy and they are planning to leave town right away.  Will retiring as the towns law-keeper.  Meanwhile our three cowboys are at the station where we find out that they’re waiting for Frank Miller to arrive.  Miller is fresh out of prison and heading back to the town to settle a score with Kane.  The telegraph operator catches wind of this and runs to warn Will.  The news upends Will’s plans of leaving.  Despite everyone pleading with him to go, including his new bride, he decides to stay and face Miller and his gang. With his wife leaving him and the town not willing to back him up Kane is forced to fight his conscience and face the trouble by himself.  He has an hour until the train arrives at high noon.

Fred Zinnemann takes Carl Foreman’s script and delivers a tight, well paced piece of work.  Floyd Crosby is behind the camera and grabs some memorable shots.  Elmo Williams and Harry W. Gerstad do wonders with their editing.  Dimitri Tiomkin provides the theme music and it helps set the tone (love the tune).  The images of the clock keeping time, the shots of the railroad tracks and the thought of what’s coming.  You feel the pressure of the story (Kane’s feelings).  The time and place are with us constantly.

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The performances are solid.  Katy Jurado, Lloyd Bridges, Lon Chaney Jr, Otto Kruger, Grace Kelly all fit the bill.  The four heavies cap it.  But it’s Gary Cooper that carries the film.  As Will Kane he creates a memorable film character.  Cooper’s performance is so natural and real that he is never caught acting.  You really feel the emotions and the burden he carries.  The shots of him walking the streets in his thoughts are some of Babyhead’s favorites.  In private moments he is so in character that we are drawn in.  Cooper made it look easy.  No bullshit in his work.  A CB hall of famer for sure.

A couple of scenes stick out (there are so many).  The kids being released from church so the adults can talk. They run out cheering like they’ve been freed.  CB loved it.  And the scene of the two women in his life riding by him at the end.  Man can you feel Kane’s loneliness.

So revisit, discover and enjoy a really good motion Picture.  I can’t get that theme song out of my head (Tex Ritter singing ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darlin” .  The clip below does a better job of explaining the film than CB does. Put it on full screen and catch some great movie stills.

 

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28 comments on “Movie : High Noon

  1. hotfox63
    December 17, 2017

    Gary Cooper knocked it out of the ballpark. The movie is shot in real time–and follows Cooper’s character as he prepares (and struggles emotionally) to confront bad guys. When I think of a classic western movie – I think of “High Noon”.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 17, 2017

      CB totally got emotionally engaged with Cooper’s character.

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      • hotfox63
        December 18, 2017

        Tears in your eyes. Gary Cooper in “High Noon”. Have fear, struggling and dignity before the impending death ever been more beautiful staged?

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  2. 1537
    December 17, 2017

    I really enjoyed your take on this one. What a film!

    Now when are you dong the Wild Bunch?!

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  3. Jim S.
    December 17, 2017

    Haven’t seen this one in maybe 30 years. Have to check it out again. Great song.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 17, 2017

      I like the song. The person who put the stills with the cut i posted did a good job.

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      • Jim S.
        December 17, 2017

        Yeah. I watched that. Boy. I forget it was Grace Kelly in that.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 17, 2017

        I know you have a yen for knowledge. Here’s one for you. I watched a little companion piece about the film. David Crosby’s dad was the cinematographer on it .

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      • Jim S.
        December 17, 2017

        Huh! I had no idea what his dad did whatsoever. That’s good trivia. Thanks.

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  4. Yeah, Another Blogger
    December 17, 2017

    Hey there, CB.

    Cooper isn’t my favorite actor (I thought he was all wrong for the Lew Gehrig movie). But he was absolutely great in High Noon, like you say.
    A terrific flick.

    Take care —

    Neil

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 17, 2017

      I agree Neil. A lot of that old studio stuff doesnt do it for me. Guys like Cooper, Tracy, Cagney were wasted. I think they could have done better work with better material.. To me Bogart was the exception. This one and a couple others (Hangin Tree, The Westerner) are the only Cooper flicks I like. Hell what do I know?

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  5. J.
    December 18, 2017

    A classic! I used to sit and watch the ol’ Westerns with my old man when they were on TV back when I was a kid. Developed quite a love for them, too. I reckon you’re spot on about Cooper here. You’ve put me in the mood to give this a watch… and with holiday season coming up, I guess I have the perfect opportunity to have a wee Western afternoon.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 18, 2017

      Tis the season to jump in the saddle.

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      • J.
        December 18, 2017

        Ho Ho Ho!

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      • Jim S.
        December 18, 2017

        Perhaps they could use this as the theme song for the inevitable remake (starring Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson as the sheriff.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 18, 2017

        Fuck him. I’ll play the part for half the dough and take our gals for a holiday!
        Great tune. (Rock songs that would would be perfect for a “Duster”. (Now there’s a blog)

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      • Jim S.
        December 18, 2017

        You’d look good in spurs. Here’s a couple more tunes for your “Duster” – Bad Company and Theme for an Imaginary Western.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 18, 2017

        Try this one. ‘Me An’ Me Horse An’ Me Rum’

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      • Jim S.
        December 19, 2017

        “Got me some gal for the night.” Love it. The movie’s shaping up. Now all we need is a script, a cast and a director. And financing.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 19, 2017

        I got the script. You are the director and I’ll hit a bank.

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  6. greenpete58
    December 18, 2017

    Cooper was a great one alright, CB. Have to give a shout out to Lee Van Cleef, one of the villains in High Noon. One of the best Western villains ever. My favorite line of his comes from a saloon scene in an old TV episode of “The Rifleman.” He leans against the bar, scans the room slit-eyed, smiles, then jerks his head toward the bartender:

    “Whiskey!!”

    One day I’m gonna find a sleazy bar and try that one out myself (even though I don’t drink whiskey).

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 18, 2017

      I gave a nod to the “Four heavies” (I’m going back to edit that) but you are absolutely right about Lee. What a presence. The 3 bad guys waiting for Frank Miller is so well done and a huge part of the flick. Just letting the camera tell the story.

      Good one on the ‘Rifleman’. Now you’ve sent me on a quest. Peckinpah wrote a bunch of those. I’ll meet you at that “bar”.

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  8. Jim S.
    March 25, 2018

    Saw a book today at the bookstore, “High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic” by Glenn Frankel. Don’t know if you’re into reading about these flicks but there it is.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 25, 2018

      Yeah CB is up on a lot of that stuff and some of the music thing also. I just play stupid sometimes because I’m real good at it. Popcorn is on and the flick is awaiting . Talk later Doc.

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