I wouldn't leave this town at noon for all the tea in China
Will Kane (Gary Cooper)is the marshal of a small town on his last day in charge. He is marrying a Quaker (Grace Kelly) and is leaving office for her. But then he hears the news that Ben Miller, a murderer, has been released from jail. Three gunslingers (Sheb Wooley, Bob Wilke and Lee Van Cleef) are at the train depot, waiting for the train carrying Miller, which is due to arrive at high noon.
Kane's junior deputy, Harvey Pell (Lloyd Bridges) refuses to fight by his side because Will didn't recommend him for sheriff to the town leaders. Will seeks help from everyone, but he is turned down, over and over again. So Kane will have to confront his fears and prove his courage as he goes alone against Frank and his men.
Release date: July 25, 1952
Best Actor in a Leading Role -> Gary Cooper
Best Film Editing
Best Music, Original Song For the song High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin)
Best Music Dimitri Tiomkin
Best Director ->Fred Zinnemann
Best Writing ->Carl Foreman
The script was loosely based on the story The Tin Star, by John W. Cunningham
Screen cowboy John Wayne complained that this film was an un-American portrayal of the Wild West.
Noon is the time exactly halfway through the day, written 12:00 in the 24-hour clock and 12:00 pm in the 12-hour clock.
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May 7, 1901
Frank James Cooper
May 13, 1961
Cooper grew up on his parents' ranch and attended school in England and California (USA). In 1925 he was introduced to Hollywood casting directors and began playing cowboy extras in Westerns.
His big break came in 1926 when he was cast in The winning of Barbara Worth. In the early fourties Cooper's star raised very high with Frank Capra's bittersweet Meet John Doe (1941), his real-life pacifist-turned-WW1 hero Alvin York in Sergeant York (1941), Ball of Fire (1941) and Pride of the Yankees (1942).
As Cooper's career progressed, he accepted more difficult, morally ambiguous roles. However, he never forgot that westerns had provided his entre into the world of the cinema, and continued to play in them. In the early fifties Cooper's films had reached a plateau, but not of the caliber his work had reached a decade earlier.
Then in 1952 came Fred Zinnemann's High Noon. This was exactly the boost Coop's career needed - he was back on top to stay.
1961 Won Honorary Award
1953 Won Oscar Best Actor for: High Noon (1952)
1944 Nominated Best Actor for: For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
1943 Nominated Best Actor for: Pride of the Yankees, The (1942)
1942 Won Oscar Best Actor for: Sergeant York (1941)
1937 Nominated Best Actor for: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)