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High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

Glenn Frankel August 10, 2018

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Searchers, the revelatory story behind the classic movie High Noon and the toxic political climate in which it was created It s one of the most revered movies of Hollywood s golden era Starring screen legend Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in her first significant film role, High Noon was shot on a lean budget over just thirtFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Searchers, the revelatory story behind the classic movie High Noon and the toxic political climate in which it was created It s one of the most revered movies of Hollywood s golden era Starring screen legend Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in her first significant film role, High Noon was shot on a lean budget over just thirty two days but achieved instant box office and critical success It won four Academy Awards in 1953, including a best actor win for Cooper And it became a cultural touchstone, often cited by politicians as a favorite film, celebrating moral fortitude.Yet what has been often overlooked is that High Noon was made during the height of the Hollywood blacklist, a time of political inquisition and personal betrayal In the middle of the film shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party Refusing to name names, he was eventually blacklisted and fled the United States His co authored screenplay for another classic, The Bridge on the River Kwai, went uncredited in 1957 Examined in light of Foreman s testimony, High Noon s emphasis on courage and loyalty takes on deeper meaning and importance.In this book, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Frankel tells the story of the making of a great American Western, exploring how Carl Foreman s concept of High Noon evolved from idea to first draft to final script, taking on allegorical weight Both the classic film and its turbulent political times emerge newly illuminated.


  • Title: High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic
  • Author: Glenn Frankel
  • ISBN: 9781620409480
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover
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