* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Since we never really learn the history between Kane and Miller, and Miller is a VillainWithGoodPublicity in the town, some viewers come away from this movie with the impression that Kane really did send Miller to prison for unjust reasons, muddying which one of them is "in the right" during the events of the film.
* AwardSnub: This film losing the Best Picture Oscar to Creator/CecilBDeMille's ''Film/TheGreatestShowOnEarth'' is regarded by many as one of the more egregious examples in Hollywood history.
* {{Narm}}: Due to an ominous soundtrack and dramatic close ups, Frank Miller's chair is the scariest piece of furniture in film.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Kane tries to recruit [[Series/{{Mash}} Colonel Potter]]. Not to mention [[Film/TheWolfMan1941 Lawrence Talbot]]. Hopefully the outlaws weren't packing silver bullets.
** And [[{{Film/Airplane}} McCrosky is one of Kane's ex-deputies]].
** Colby is played by Creator/LeeVanCleef, who went on to become a famous character actor.
** HeyItsThatVoice: Frank Miller's SmugSnake brother, Ben, is played by Sheb Wolley, who'd later go on to sing a famous, popular novelty song that's still well remembered today, The Purple People Eater.
* VindicatedByHistory: Its short-term success in 1952 was wounded by accusations of subliminal Communism, especially due to the participation of screenwriter Carl Foreman. The next US President to take power, UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower, was a Republican anti-Communist champion and the fact that he started the White House tradition of ''High Noon'' screenings definitely helped its reputation grow.

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