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nnascati Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2020 11:03 a.m. PST

So High Noon is one of my favorite films, western or otherwise. I've long wanted to read The Tin Star, the short story it was based on. I finally tracked it down today and read it. Not giving anything away, but my mind is completely blown!

rmaker18 Jul 2020 11:48 a.m. PST

For the stories behind Western movies, see Bill Pronzini's "Reel West" series (4 volumes).

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2020 11:52 a.m. PST


Darrell B D Day19 Jul 2020 6:04 a.m. PST

My wife and I and one of our daughters were walking home the other day, down a quiet road and strung out across it. I said it reminded me of the final scene from High Noon. "What's that" said my daughter. She is in her forties so I was a bit surprised she didn't know of it. I got the theme tune on my phone right away but that didn't register so when we got home, I got the final scenes on YouTube….

And it was nothing like I remembered. I had a vision of the sheriff walking alone down the Main Street in a classic shootout with "the man who hates me" but the running round, into barns etc was a complete surprise.

Now, I'm going to have to get the book; thanks for alerting me to it, Nick…


Tom Molon Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2020 9:56 a.m. PST

I just googled the story. Agree completely. Tom

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP19 Jul 2020 10:07 a.m. PST

Darrell, I don't think he would have had a chance in a straight shoot out.

The Lonely Salaryman12 Aug 2020 10:48 a.m. PST

I feel like I learn or discover something different every time I watch High Noon. Recently re-watched it and was surprised I never realized that a young Lee Van Cleef is one of the bad guys!

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