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April 7, 2014

Saddling Back Up…at High Noon


It is time for Western movie fans of all ages to saddle back up and get ready to side with stoic hero Gary Cooper against the bad guys at “High Noon.”
The 1952 American classic film starring Cooper and Grace Kelly will show twice Thursday at the Claremore Cinema 8.  
The special presentation is through the cooperation of the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum and theater’s local management.  
“Everyone who came out in January to see John Wayne and ‘True Grit’ seemed to enjoy themselves, so we decided to do another,” said Wayne McCombs, museum director.
Showings will be aty 4 and 7 p.m. on Thursday.  Ticket prices are $5 and will be divided between the theater and the museum. 
Directed by Fred Zinnemann, the movie tells of a small town recently retired marshal facing a gang of killers.  
Filmed in black and white, the running time is 85 minutes and is unusual because the movie’s time span is nearly the same.
It was his performance as Marshal Will Kane that won Cooper his second Academy Award.  
His stoic understated style was popular in a number of genres. Be it westerns, crime, comedy or drama, the actor came across in his quiet and handsome manner.
Without giving away the ending, Kane has given up his badge and married pacifist Quaker Amy Fowler.  
Their plans to leave town and start fresh elsewhere are interrupted when Kane is informed outlaw Frank Miller is returning on the noon train.  Three members of gang are waiting and they plan to kill the marshal.
Despite the pleas from his bride, Kane refuses to leave town.  Instead he turns to his friends for help in facing the outlaws, only to be turned down for various reasons.
The film earned an estimated $3.4 million at the North American box office in 1952. 

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