Classic Movie Discussion Group
Public is invited to a free viewing and discussion of the movie “High Noon” (1952, 85 minutes) The viewing will be held at the Covenant Community Center, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 6 pm with Dr. Jerry Lincecum leading the discussion.
High Noon (1952) is possibly the all-time best Western film ever made – a successful box-office production by Stanley Kramer and director Fred Zinnemann (who also directed From Here to Eternity (1953) and A Man For All Seasons (1966)). The Western genre was employed to tell an uncharacteristic social problem tale about civic responsibility, without much of the typical frontier violence, panoramic landscapes, or tribes of marauding Indians.
This simple, stark, low-budget Western classic, with a total budget of $750,000, was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture (won by Cecil B. DeMille’s circus epic The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)), Best Director, and Best Screenplay – it was awarded four awards: Best Song for “High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’)” (sung by Tex Ritter throughout the film, lyrics by Ned Washington, music by Dimitri Tiomkin), Best Scoring of a Dramatic Picture (Dimitri Tiomkin), Best Film Editing (Elmo Williams and Harry Gerstad), and Best Actor for Gary Cooper’s performance – his second Oscar after a win for Sergeant York (1941). [Cooper’s win was an unusual honor, since Western films (and acting roles) are rare nominees and winners in Academy history! The film’s theme song was made a popular hit by Western singer Frankie Laine.] Presumably, the Academy felt obligated to honor one of filmdom’s greatest directors (DeMille) with the Best Picture Oscar, as his career was coming to an end.
Will Kane is a town marshal. It’s his wedding day and his last day as a lawman. He was about to leave town with his new bride to start a new life when some men come to town who tell him that a man he sent to prison some years ago has just been released and is arriving on the noon train. Kane and many of the townsfolk who remember him, know that he’s coming to town for one thing; to get Will. Will’s friends tell him to leave town which he does but Will feeling that running away is not a solution returns and intends to face him. Will tries to find support from his friends but all of them don’t want to help him or are too afraid and all that they tell him is to leave, even his wife feels the same way. And as the train comes closer, Will is all alone.
The free viewing will be held at the Covenant Community Center, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6 pm, with Walter Brice & Jerry Lincecum as organizers. To receive an email notice a couple of days before the showing send email to firstname.lastname@example.org type ”send movie notice” with name, phone and email.
Popcorn and lemonade furnished. Bring your soda and invite a friend.
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6/14/17: “The Old Man and the Sea” (1958, 86”)
Oscar nominee Spencer Tracy stars in this adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novella, a classic tale of man vs. nature. After three months without a catch, an aging Cuban angler hooks a giant marlin far off the coast. For two days, the great fish tows the boat, stirring deep compassion in his captor. The exhausted fisherman finally lands his catch, fighting off bloodthirsty sharks.