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High Noon

Monday, June 18

Film History Suburbs & Beyond

As Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) prepares to swap his guns for a life with his new bride (Grace Kelly), word arrives that the fearsome Miller Gang are out for his neck—and due in town on the twelve o’clock train. As the clock ticks down in real time and composer Dimitri Tiomkin’s “The Ballad of High Noon” intones forebodingly, Kane’s would-be allies fade away, leaving the marshal to face the gang on his own. Made at the height of the Red Scare, High Noon’s depiction of a community’s breakdown sparked a wave of serious-minded westerns commenting on American society. 

(PG) USA – 1 hr 25 min
1952 · d. Fred Zinnemann  
Starring Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Lloyd Bridges 

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Venue Information

Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 W. Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
610.527.9898 phone

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