Gary Cooper is Hollywood's perfect hero, the very embodiment of integrity and grace in this greatest of Westerns. As a newly married town marshal, he must balance an innate sense of justice and duty with loyalty to his beautiful new--and pacifist--bride when he is left by an ungrateful town to face a gang of deadly outlaws alone. As we watch spellbound, film time is real time as the showdown grows ever closer. HIGH NOON is a masterpiece that is frequently interpreted as a parable about artists left to "stand alone" and face persecution during the HUAC Hollywood blacklisting. However, Howard Hawks allegedly devised RIO BRAVO as an answer to the film's "wimpiness," and John Wayne once declared HIGH NOON as un-American--he was apparently offended by the ending of the film, which shows Sheriff Kane removing his badge and tossing it in the dirt.
Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1952
Academy Awards Best Actor 1952 Gary Cooper Oscar-winning actor, HIGH NOON, SERGEANT YORK
Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1952 Harry Gerstad American Editor
Academy Awards Best Original Score 1952 Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Academy Awards Best Original Song 1952 Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Academy Awards Best Original Song 1952 Ned Washington Songwriter