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Glenn Frankel’s book High Noon is a must-read not just for devotees of one of the great westerns. It is of interest for anyone pursuing Hollywood history or the work of Fred Zinneman, Carl Foreman or Stanley Kramer, or the career of Gary Cooper. Subtitled the Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American classic, Frankel’s page-turner of a book reads like a novel. Much of it amounts to a mini-history of the House UnAmerican Activities Committee which called to its hearings some of the major figures who created High Noon.
The most intriguing parts of the book are those which look at who was responsible for the writing and, especially, who really did the editing. Frankel rehearses the fabled history of the editing of High Noon. He makes it a good detective story and, for this reader, comes up with a plausible and fair judgment of the competing narratives.
NEXT FRIDAY POST May 4
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