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* OddlySmallOrganization: Frank Miller only has three henchmen waiting for him at the station, which is a fairly small number for a gang boss all told. However, as the townspeople themselves are generally apathetic, cowardly or opportunistic, when they're not ready to outright roll the red carpet for him, it's easy to see how Miller could retake control of Hadleyville once the trifling affair of murdering Kane has been taken care of.


* WeddingDay: A pretty impressive wedding disaster: the minute it's over, Will gets the news there are three men in the town planning to kill him when their leader arrives, in just over an hour.


** Kane's decision to stay. He tells Amy that if they flee, they won’t be able to settle down because the Miller Gang will pursue them.

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** Kane's decision to stay. He tells Amy that if they flee, they won’t will never be able to settle down because with the Miller Gang will pursue after them.


** Kane's decision to stay. He tells Amy they will always be on the run if he doesn’t stand up to Miller and his gang.

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** Kane's decision to stay. He tells Amy that if they will always flee, they won’t be on able to settle down because the run if he doesn’t stand up to Miller and his gang.Gang will pursue them.


** Kane's decision to stay.

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** Kane's decision to stay. He tells Amy they will always be on the run if he doesn’t stand up to Miller and his gang.


* ChekhovsGun: A literal example. During the first act of the film, Will's deputy quits because Will doesn't agree to make him the next marshal, and makes a point of hanging his revolver and belt in the wall. During the climactic fight [[spoiler: this is the revolver Amy uses to shoot Pierce in the back and kill him.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: A literal example. During the first act of the film, Will's deputy quits because Will doesn't agree to make him the next marshal, and makes a point of hanging his revolver and belt in the wall. During the climactic fight [[spoiler: this is the revolver Amy uses to shoot Pierce in the back and kill him.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: A literal example. During the first act of the film, Will's deputy quits because Will doesn't agree to make him the next marshal, and makes a point of hanging his revolver and belt in the wall. During the climactic fight [[spoiler: this is the revolver Amy uses to shoot Pierce in the back and kill him.]]


Creator/LloydBridges (father of [[Creator/JeffBridges Jeff]] and Beau) plays Kane's callow deputy. Creator/ThomasMitchell is the cynical mayor of the town. Harry Morgan, who would later become a TV star on ''Series/{{Dragnet}}'' and ''Series/{{MASH}}'', is a cowardly townsman.

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Creator/LloydBridges (father of [[Creator/JeffBridges Jeff]] and Beau) plays Kane's callow deputy. Creator/ThomasMitchell is the cynical mayor of the town. Harry Morgan, who would later become a TV star on ''Series/{{Dragnet}}'' and ''Series/{{MASH}}'', is a cowardly townsman.
townsman. A young Creator/LeeVanCleef did what he did best, play villains in Westerns (he's one of Miller's henchmen).

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* TheSevenWesternPlots: A hybrid marshal/outlaw/revenge story, where the marshal has to face a band of outlaws who want revenge on him for arresting them previously.

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* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Helen Ramirez as the Tomboy and Amy Fowler-Kane and the Girly Girl


Additionally, ''High Noon'' "inspired" ''Film/RioBravo'' and ''Film/{{Outland}}''; see RecycledInSpace for more.

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Additionally, ''High Noon'' "inspired" ''Film/SilverLode'', ''Film/RioBravo'' and ''Film/{{Outland}}''; see RecycledInSpace for more.

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** Kane doesn't try to shoot first. He comes out from behind Miller's gang and announces himself so he won't shoot anyone in the back. He waits for them to fire before firing his weapon.


* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Kane's old girlfriend is a curvaceous, passionate dark-haired SpicyLatina. His new wife is an innocent, angelic blonde pacifist.

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* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Kane's old girlfriend is a curvaceous, passionate dark-haired SpicyLatina. His new wife is an innocent, angelic blonde pacifist. They're further color-coded by Amy wearing a bride's white dress while Helen wears a dark dress.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: An extremely cynical film, just about the most cynical movie ever made in the studio era. One hero asks for help from the people of his town when a bunch of killers show up, but no one will help him. They won't help, because they're cowards, too cowardly to defend their own town against criminals. They're all perfectly willing to let Will Kane die.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: An extremely cynical film, just about the most cynical movie ever made in the studio era. One hero asks for help from the people of his town when a bunch of killers show up, but no one will help him. They won't help, because they're cowards, too cowardly to defend their own town against criminals. They're all perfectly willing to let Will Kane die. The film's message is spelled out when Martin Howe, the elderly retired sheriff, tells Kane that people "just don't care" about law and order.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: An extremely cynical film, just about the most cynical movie ever made in the studio era. One hero asks for help from the people of his town when a bunch of killers show up, but no one will help him. They won't help, because they're cowards, too cowardly to defend their own town against criminals. They're all perfectly willing to let Will Kane die.

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