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The Making of High Noon

Gary Cooper starred in the western High Noon.

In 1946, when Carl Foreman outlined his screenplay for a revisionist Western, the Allies had just won the war and the United Nations was a brand new entity. Foreman wanted to write an allegory about the need for world unity to defeat unchecked aggression and uphold democracy. The story was about a lawman recruiting local townspeople to fight a gang of violent outlaws. Then the Cold War started. The spirit of cooperation between the United States…

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