Monday, April 10, 2017

A to Z Challenge - H is for Hadleyville

Continuing the A to Z challenge for letter H is the classic western High Noon. Nominated for seven Oscars, winner of four including Best Actor for Gary Cooper. It is one of the greatest westerns of all time, as well as one of the best movies made.

Gary Cooper plays Marshall Will Kane who has just married and planning on retiring.  On the day he is leaving Hadleyville is the same day that a former criminal he put away, Frank Miller, is arriving with his gang to get revenge. Marshall Kane has to decide does he leave town before they arrive or stay and fight them.  Unable to get anyone in town to support him, his decision becomes more difficult.

Beside using the classic western style of clothing, cinematography, and the old showndown of gun fighters, this film is so much more.  It is a story of right and wrong and making the decision that based on principle.  That the individual is more important that the collective.  And that you have to be willing to stand up and be brave when you are terrified and want to quit.

This is a great American movie that is enjoyable to watch over and over again.


  1. This is one of my favourite westerns that shows how people, for the most part, don't want to stand united which is often the case. Cooper was excellent in this role and he had major pain in his stomach (I think his stomach) when doing this film which helped his acting actually. Lloyd Bridges is great as the jealous deputy and I always liked Katy Jurado. Grace Kelly was good but Katy was better in my opinion

  2. A classic western. By the way, thanks for posting a link to my blog! I have included yours in my list of links. On to the next letter!