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Outdoor Movies at the Skirball: High Noon (1952)

Public Programs | Film

Still from the movie showing Gary Cooper walking towards the camera wearing dark clothing and a cowboy hat. He is surrounded by western buildings and a bright sky.

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Written as an allegory for the Blacklist, this nail-biter Western stars Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly as newlyweds struggling with whether to fight or flee from a band of outlaws. Arrive early to catch the exhibition Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare.


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Friday, June 23, 2023

About the Program

This masterful Western starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly will have you on the edge of your seat as the town marshal comes up against a band of outlaws plotting to kill him. 

Written as an allegory for the Hollywood Red Scare by Blacklisted writer Carl Foreman, High Noon is a rare and brave film that dared to challenge the political climate of the time.

Directed by Fred Zinnemann (1952, 85 min. MPAA Rating.)

Arrive early to view the exhibitions! High Noon is the perfect complement to the exhibition Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scarewhich features a spotlight on the film. And don't miss Peter Krasnow: Breathing Joy and Light and Visions and Values while you're here.   


"A film of integrity and purpose, a revelation of human character, and a masterpiece of the story telling art."—Boston Globe

Watch the Trailer

Watch the trailer for High Noon

Donor Support

Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare and its related educational programs at the Skirball Cultural Center are made possible by generous support from the following donors:

The Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation
Stephanie and Harold Bronson
Lori and Scott Cooper/Pegasus Squire
Billie B. and Steven G. Fischer Foundation
The Keston Family
In Memory of George Litto by Andria Litto
TZ Projects & Friends
Peter and Julie Weil

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