HIGH NOON and HAH NOON
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My friend HAL the Tevo Recorder recently snagged the movie “High Noon”. After watching bits and pieces of it I finished it early this morning. It is a good movie. It somehow had the style of Clint Eastwood’s Spaghetti Westerns, in that the townspeople were just plain scared of the mean guys who were about to come into town and do a lot of mean stuff, which included killing the sheriff (Gary Cooper) for sending the main mean man to prison. At 12 noon the mean guy was to arrive on the train for pay back time. The whole town was sweating it out, including Sheriff Cane and his bride of less than two hours (Grace Kelly).
It is considered a pace setter for adult westerns… or maybe even the first adult western. It was made in 1952. As the movie progresses the suspense builds.
It was the first time I saw the movie. I knew about it and had a pretty good idea of the story line from MAD comicbook #9. The top picture is illustrated by Harvey Kurtzman, the editor of MAD. It was the cover for that issue. Notice how Kurtzman signs his name, a Kurtz then a little man.
Kurtzman also wrote the lampoon in that issue poking at “High Noon” and Jack Davis illustrated it, as the not-so-random pages I picked show.
After I finished watching to movie I refreshed my memory with the MAD story. I think MAD pretty much captured the essence of the movie… one minute the Sheriff was wanting to go and another minute he wanted to stay …. It got confusing.