On 24th of July 1952 the Western film ‘High Noon’ was released.
Starring Gary Cooper and directed by Fred Zinnemann, the film tells the story of an ageing lawman, Cooper, who is faced with a last stand against the Miller gang.
The film was nominated for 7 Academy Awards and won 4(Actor, Editing, Score and Song)as well. It also won 4 Golden Globe Awards (Actor, Supporting Actress, Score, and Black and White Cinematography).
The theme of the film and its content has been reused and repurposed many times.
The award-winning score was written by Russian-born composer Dimitri Tiomkin. The song, ‘The Ballad of High Noon’ and performed in the film by Tex Ritter with lyrics by Ned Washington was to become a massive hit for another popular singer of the day, Frankie Laine.