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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: While it doesn’t hurt that color wasn’t in vogue for serious/art films at the time, the black-and-white color schemes are suggestive of a good-vs.-evil conflict in a morally-complex story. The photography was [[MonochromePast intended to look 19th-century]], and especially intended to resemble the solemn palettes from photography of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]]. When the idea of colorizing black and white films turned to ''High Noon'', WordOfGod was, in essence, “No thank you.”

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: While it doesn’t hurt that color wasn’t wasn't in vogue for serious/art films at the time, the black-and-white color schemes are suggestive of a good-vs.-evil conflict in a morally-complex story. The photography was [[MonochromePast intended to look 19th-century]], and especially intended to resemble the solemn palettes from photography of the [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]]. When the idea of colorizing black and white films turned to ''High Noon'', WordOfGod was, in essence, “No thank you.”



* PetTheDog: When he hears Miller's train is coming, one of the first things Kane does is warn Helen (Miller's ex) so she can get to safety, even though they don't get along. Likewise during the climax when a barn is set on fire, Kane drops everything to unhook the horses so they can escape.

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* PetTheDog: When he hears Miller's train is coming, one of the first things Kane does is warn Helen (Miller's ex) so she can get to safety, even though they don't get along. Likewise Likewise, during the climax when a barn is set on fire, Kane drops everything to unhook the horses so they can escape.



* {{Posse}}: Subverted; Kane tries to get one, but unsuccessfully. Some refuse to join him out of cowardice, others because they sympathize with Miller. The only people who would be willing to help him are an one-eyed old drunk and a 14-year-old boy; Kane sends them away, as they'd be more of a hindrance.

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* {{Posse}}: Subverted; Kane tries to get one, but unsuccessfully. Some refuse to join him out of cowardice, others because they sympathize with Miller. The only people who would be willing to help him are an a one-eyed old drunk and a 14-year-old boy; Kane sends them away, as they'd be more of a hindrance.



* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Miller, having Amy at gun point, orders Kane to deliver himself which he does. Cue Amy's DamselOutOfDistress moment.

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* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Miller, having Amy at gun point, gunpoint, orders Kane to deliver himself which he does. Cue Amy's DamselOutOfDistress moment.



** When Kane first hears that Miller is coming, the people around him urge to escape. He grabs his wife and a wagon and get out of town. He stops when he realises that he's panicking; he doesn't even have his guns with him. On returning to the town he finds the judge calmly packing up his horse to leave town, being aware from prior experience that the townspeople will not help Kane.

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** When Kane first hears that Miller is coming, the people around him urge to escape. He grabs his wife and a wagon and get gets out of town. He stops when he realises that he's panicking; he doesn't even have his guns with him. On returning to the town he finds the judge calmly packing up his horse to leave town, being aware from prior experience that the townspeople will not help Kane.



-->What kind of woman are you? How can you leave him like this? Does the sound of the guns frighten you that much?

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-->What -->'''Helen:''' What kind of woman are you? How can you leave him like this? Does the sound of the guns frighten you that much?


''High Noon'' was nominated for seven {{Academy Award}}s, winning for Best Actor (Cooper), Editing (Elmo Williams and Harry Gerstad), Original Score (Dimitri Tiomkin), and Original Song (Tiomkin and Ned Washington). It is also notable as the film most requested for viewing by [[UsefulNotes/ThePresidents the U.S. Presidents]]. UsefulNotes/BillClinton named it his favorite (allegedly having it screened in the White House a record 17 times), and UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower were also big fans.

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''High Noon'' was nominated for seven {{Academy UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, winning for Best Actor (Cooper), Editing (Elmo Williams and Harry Gerstad), Original Score (Dimitri Tiomkin), and Original Song (Tiomkin and Ned Washington). It is also notable as the film most requested for viewing by [[UsefulNotes/ThePresidents the U.S. Presidents]]. UsefulNotes/BillClinton named it his favorite (allegedly having it screened in the White House a record 17 times), and UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower were also big fans.


* DividedWeFall: Will's deputy refuses to help him unless Will agrees to him being the next marshal.

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* DividedWeFall: Will's deputy refuses to help him unless Will agrees to him being the next marshal. And almost everybody else in town just plain refuses.
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Amy eventually comes to the conclusion that Will is only sticking around because of Helen, his ex, and goes to her to ask that she "let him go". Helen has to ''flat out'' tell her that this isn't the case, since they haven't talked for a year (until he came to warn her about Frank).

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* DirtyCoward: A truly impressive example of an exaggerated version: ''a whole town'' refuses to make a stand against a very small gang because of various stated reasons but in the end the reality is that they're self-interested idiots.


* GoodScarsEvilScars: Frank Miller sports some evil scars.

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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Frank Miller sports some evil scars.scars, instantly establishing him as the bad guy when he arrives, in spite of his good publicity.



* TheQuietOne: Creator/LeeVanCleef's character doesn't say a word the whole movie. The only time he speaks is in the opening scene, but his words are completely drowned out by the opening music.
* RageAgainstTheLegalSystem: This is Miller's reason for coming to town-to kill Kane because he was the one to arrest him.

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* TheQuietOne: Creator/LeeVanCleef's character Colby, played by Creator/LeeVanCleef, doesn't say a word the whole movie. The only time he speaks is in the opening scene, but his words are completely drowned out by the opening music.
* RageAgainstTheLegalSystem: This is Miller's reason for coming to town-to town is to kill Kane because he was the one to arrest for arresting him.



* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: Kane's final act of tossing his sheriff's badge to the ground in disgust and ride away with Amy ''definitely'' screams this.

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* TakeThisJobAndShoveIt: Kane's final act of is tossing his sheriff's badge to the ground in disgust and ride away with Amy ''definitely'' screams this.riding away.



* WrongGenreSavvy: Amy eventually comes to the conclusion that Will is only sticking around because of Helen, his ex, and goes to her to ask that she "let him go". Helen has to ''flat out'' tell her that this isn't the case, since they haven't talked for a year (until he came to warn her about Frank).



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* WrongGenreSavvy: Amy eventually comes to the conclusion that Will is only sticking around because of Helen, his ex, and goes to her to ask that she "let him go". Helen has to ''flat out'' tell her that this isn't the case, since they haven't talked for a year (until he came to warn her about Frank).


* TheQuietOne: Creator/LeeVanCleef's character doesn't say a word the whole movie.

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* TheQuietOne: Creator/LeeVanCleef's character doesn't say a word the whole movie. The only time he speaks is in the opening scene, but his words are completely drowned out by the opening music.


-->'''Kane''': Si, lo se. (Yes, I know.)

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-->'''Kane''': Si, lo se.sé. (Yes, I know.)

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* BilingualBonus: Kane and Helen exchange dialogue in Spanish:
-->'''Helen''': Un año sin verte. (One year without seeing you.)
-->'''Kane''': Si, lo se. (Yes, I know.)

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* {{Leitmotif}}: Helen has a seductive Arabian-style theme to offset her exoticness.

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* AdaptationalNameChange: The original short story and first draft of the screenplay named the hero Will ''Doane''. It was changed to Kane because co-star Katy Jurado had difficulty pronouncing Doane.

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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.


* WhatTheHellTownspeople: Kane shows his contempt for the cowardly townsfolk after he wins; when they gather around him, he drops his badge and leaves without a word.


''High Noon'' is notable as the film most requested for viewing by [[UsefulNotes/ThePresidents the U.S. Presidents]]. UsefulNotes/BillClinton named it his favorite (allegedly having it screened in the White House a record 17 times), and UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower were also big fans.

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''High Noon'' was nominated for seven {{Academy Award}}s, winning for Best Actor (Cooper), Editing (Elmo Williams and Harry Gerstad), Original Score (Dimitri Tiomkin), and Original Song (Tiomkin and Ned Washington). It is also notable as the film most requested for viewing by [[UsefulNotes/ThePresidents the U.S. Presidents]]. UsefulNotes/BillClinton named it his favorite (allegedly having it screened in the White House a record 17 times), and UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan and UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower were also big fans.



* ExpositoryThemeTune: "The Ballad of High Noon."

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* ExpositoryThemeTune: "The Ballad of High Noon."Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)", sung by Tex Ritter.

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