* 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. Many blamed it on the Academy not wanting to vote for it out of fear of coming under fire by the HUAC.
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The legendary main theme, "Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling".
* HilariousInHindsight: Nowadays, viewers can get a chuckle over the omnimous threat that is Creator/FrankMiller.
* {{Narm}}: Due to an ominous soundtrack and dramatic close ups, Frank Miller's chair is the scariest piece of furniture in film.
* OneSceneWonder: Creator/JackElam has about twenty seconds of screen time as the town drunk, Charlie, yet the character had a memorably funny moment when, on being released from the jail, he hazily asked Kane if any bars were open.
* 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.
* StoicWoobie: Kane. He doesn't express his feelings much, and talks and acts in a very calm and collected manner, but the townspeople mistrust and reject him, and even if she doesn't want him to get killed, even his wife seems to desert him. At times even he sounds desperate and tired. By the time Miller and his gang arrive, he's completely alone.
* TearJerker: Kane tries to recruit Herb Henderson for a deputy, but Herb had thought there would be other men joining him. The last of the potential deputies in the town, Herb says, "What about my wife and kids"? Kane sends him off, and once Herb is gone, he buries his head in his harms and finds himself on the verge of tears.
* 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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