Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

High Noon (1952)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1952

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85 min – view video trailer

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Starring: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell

Genres: Drama, Western

IMDB 8.2 / Amazon 4.5 / MRQE 92% / Decent Films A

Oscars: nominated for 7, won 4: Best Actor (Gary Cooper), Song (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington), Music (Dimitri Tiomkin), Film Editing (Elmo Williams, Harry Gerstad) / nominated: Best Picture, Director (Fred Zinnemann), Writing/Screenplay (Carl Foreman)

Ranked #47 Greatest Movies Through 1960, a Zagat Top Movie

A marshall, personally compelled to face a returning deadly enemy, finds that his own town refuses to help him. IMDB rating: 8.2 from over 45,458 users

Innovative for its time, the suspenseful story unfolds in approximate real time (from 10:40 a.m. to high noon in an 84-minute film), and many interpreted Foreman’s drama as an allegorical reflection of apathy and passive acceptance of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anticommunist campaign. Political underpinnings aside, this remains a milestone of its genre (often referred to as the first “adult” Western), and Cooper is flawless in his Oscar-winning role. Amazon 4.5 stars from over 219 users

A mounting sense of dread and inevitability hangs over Fred Zinnemann’s grim, downbeat Western classic High Noon, a black-and-white anti-spectacle about an aging lawman who receives a series of nasty shocks on the day he tries to hang up his gunbelt and begin a new life. Read full Decent Films review: rated A, Superb artistic-entertainment for Teens & Up

MRQE – over 72 reviews linked with a score of 92

Oscars won (4 of 7): Best Actor (Gary Cooper), Song (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington), Music (Dimitri Tiomkin), Film Editing (Elmo Williams, Harry Gerstad) / nominated: Best Picture, Director (Fred Zinnemann), Writing/Screenplay (Carl Foreman)

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