YMMV: High Noon

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Since we never really learn the history between Kane and Miller, and Miller is a Villain with Good Publicity 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.
  • Award Snub: This film losing the Best Picture Oscar to Cecil B. DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth is regarded by many as one of the more egregious examples in Hollywood history. Many blamed it on the Academy not wanting to vote for it out of fear of coming under fire by the HUAC.
  • Narm: Due to an ominous soundtrack and dramatic close ups, Frank Miller's chair is the scariest piece of furniture in film.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
  • Vindicated by History: 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, Dwight Eisenhower, 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.