High Noon #OnThisDay

On 24th of July 1952 the Western film ‘High Noon’ was released.

English: “Copyright 1952 – United Artists Corporation.”, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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.

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  1. Trivia time: the poster shows Director
    Of Photography Floyd Crosby ASC.
    He was the father of David Crosby, of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash and later, Young.

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