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High noon
Kramer, Stanley.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, Calif. : Artisan Home Entertainment, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (approximately 85 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
This is the classic tale of a lawman who stands alone to defend a town of cowardly citizens against a gang of revenge-seeking criminals. In the greatest showdown in the history of cinema, the lawman stands to lose not only the town but his new wife.
General Note:
Collector's ed.

Title from disc surface.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1952.

Special features: restored audio, 2 versions: original restored audio and enhanced original restored audio; "The making of High noon" hosted by Leonard Maltin; on-camera interviews with actor Lloyd Bridges, director Fred Zinnemann and producer Stanley Kramer; production stills; commentary with Maria Cooper-Janis, Jonathan Foreman, Tim Zinnemann and John Ritter; original, never-before-seen "Behind High noon" documentary; on-screen interviews with Maria Cooper-Janis (Gary Cooper's daughter), Tim Zinnemann (Fred Zinnemann's son), Jonathan Foreman (Carl Foreman's son) and Prince Albert of Monaco (Grace Kelly's son); radio broadcast with Tex Ritter; digitally remastered; chapter stop for Oscar winning song "Do not forsake me, oh my darlin'"; interactive menus; scene index; trailers.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
Not rated.
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Added Uniform Title:
High noon (Motion picture)
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DVD 7344 Adult DVD Open Shelf
DVD 7344 Adult DVD Audio Visual
DVD 7344 Adult DVD Open Shelf

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This Western classic stars Gary Cooper as Hadleyville marshal Will Kane, about to retire from office and go on his honeymoon with his new Quaker bride, Amy (Grace Kelly). But his happiness is short-lived when he is informed that the Miller gang, whose leader (Ian McDonald) Will had arrested, is due on the 12:00 train. Pacifist Amy urges Will to leave town and forget about the Millers, but this isn't his style; protecting Hadleyburg has always been his duty, and it remains so now. But when he asks for deputies to fend off the Millers, virtually nobody will stand by him. Chief Deputy Harvey Pell (Lloyd Bridges) covets Will's job and ex-mistress (Katy Jurado); his mentor, former lawman Martin Howe (Lon Chaney Jr.) is now arthritic and unable to wield a gun. Even Amy, who doesn't want to be around for her husband's apparently certain demise, deserts him. Meanwhile, the clocks tick off the minutes to High Noon -- the film is shot in "real time," so that its 85-minute length corresponds to the story's actual timeframe. Utterly alone, Kane walks into the center of town, steeling himself for his showdown with the murderous Millers. Considered a landmark of the "adult western," High Noon won four Academy Awards (including Best Actor for Cooper) and Best Song for the hit, "Do Not Forsake Me, O My Darling" sung by Tex Ritter. The screenplay was written by Carl Foreman, whose blacklisting was temporarily prevented by star Cooper, one of Hollywood's most virulent anti-Communists. John Wayne, another notable showbiz right-winger and Western hero, was so appalled at the notion that a Western marshal would beg for help in a showdown that he and director Howard Hawks "answered" High Noon with Rio Bravo (1959). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi