This is a classic film for a reason. The tension mounts in this one as a convicted killer and former prisoner who was pardoned is headed back to town by train for a showdown with the marshal who sent him there, Will Kane (Gary Cooper). Cooper deservedly won an Academy Award for his performance as the morally-guided marshal who does what’s right and isn’t afraid to admit being scared. The villain is arriving by high noon, hence the title of the film. He also happens to be arriving on Will’s wedding day, as he just married a beautiful young woman named Amy (played by a beautiful young Grace Kelly).
There are some shootings in the film and four men are killed but it’s not graphic, especially by today’s standards. The featured song of the film “Don’t forsake me, oh my darling” is performed by Tex Ritter, and won an Academy Award too. This is a classic western rife with tension, and due to the theme of a killer coming to town, we recommend it for ages twelve and above, and gladly award it our “Dove Family-Approved” Seal. When the clock strikes noon in this one, you know the inevitable confrontation is minutes away.