During the early 1950’s, the American Western film was buzzing with newfound success after the movie High Noon was released in cinemas nationwide. Directed by Fred Zinnerman, the film features a town marshal who is torn between the love he has for his new bride, and fulfilling his duties and protect his town as a high official.
It earned an estimated amount of $3.4 million at the North American box office. Although it was met with heavy criticism for depicting heavy political tones it ended up winning four major awards: Best Film Editing, Best Music, Song for Dmitri Tionkin and Ned Washington for Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Gary Cooper.
Whether you’ve watched the film in the year of its release, or are someone born a little later but is a hardcore fan of all things country, the trivia listed below will surely test how much you truly know about this blockbuster film. Get ready and bring out a pen and paper to cross out all the fun facts that are new to you. No cheating, please!
5. The actors fooled around on set.
The shoot may have only lasted for four weeks, but the film’s cast was never short of romantic involvements with each other. Some of the affairs that surfaced on our radar include Cooper and Kelly (which Cooper had to hide from his girlfriend, Patricia Neal, even after she visited them on set), supporting actress Katy Jurado and screenwriter Carl Foreman, and Kelly and Zinnemann.
4. High Noon Almost Didn’t Win the Best Music Song award.
While Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’ was hands-down such an incredible work of musical genius, the producer, Stanley Kramer said that his overuse of the song was what almost led to it being cut out. Kramer shares that because the song was so beautiful, he was too enamored that it was too late when he realized it was recycled over and over again in various scenes of the movie. He used the song to cover some of the most dramatic, heart-wrenching scenes of Cooper’s character, that by the film was already halfway through, the audience began mocking the lyrics. To resolve this, they had to use a new and different soundtrack for the film.
3. Director Fred Zinneman almost got run over by a train.
During one of their shoots, the train begins to emit black smoke as it pulls in to the station. The smoke was a clear sign that the breaks were already failing. As they witnessed the train’s malfunction, Zinneman, together with his cameraman, were too stunned to even realize the danger that the smoke meant. The two barely got away and saved their asses in time. However, the tripod got caught and fell over, leaving the camera to be dismantled. Luckily, they were able to save the film.
2. They did a test and tried to shoot some scenes in color
In the early 1950’s, movies were being shot in color little by little. However, the majority of the films produced were still shot in the classic black and white color scheme. For High Noon, Zinnemann decided to give a colored version a shot but ended up scrapping the shots as soon as he got a look at the first few scenes. Even Producer Kramer wasn’t happy with how the colored version turned out that they had to restart shooting the film in black and white.
1. High Noon is Bill Clinton’s all-time favorite film.
The former US President watched the film about 17 times during his two-year term as the leader of the United States of America.
How did you fare with these facts? Did you know all of them all along or did you encounter some new information about your favorite film?