High Noon (1952) Movie Reviews
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By Patrick E. Abe January 30, 2017
A masterpiece of tightly plotted drama/suspense in what would become The Adult Western. Normally, one is happiest on your wedding day, but former lawman Will Kane is troubled.
An old nemesis is due on the noon train, and his gang is in town to meet him. He's sworn to kill the man who sent him to prison, so the expected action is to flee.
But weighed down with a new bride and traveling in a buckboard, there's no chance of escape.
Seeking help to at least face down the gang, Will Kane returns to town, and finds that everybody either won't or can't Do The Right Thing. The inaction of the town is a thinly disguised parable of The Cold War, with the U.S. standing alone against the Red Menace
As Will Kane walks through the silent town, which he "served and protected" for years, we are left to wonder if we would do the same. 8/10