High Noon
Autobiography/Biography , History / September 27, 2017

Title: High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic Author: Glenn Frankel Published: 2017 Genre: Biography/History Length: 317 pages (These are ‘readable’ pages discounting notes, etc.)   High Noon is my favorite movie of all time. The story of one man standing alone against all odds while everyone else cowers behind their rationalizations and fear is like poetry to me. When I came across this book completely by chance at a Barnes & Noble near Pittsburgh, I knew that I would be leaving the store with it. However, the subtitle regarding the Hollywood blacklist concerned me a bit. How much of the book would cover the movie versus the blacklist? What amazing stories would I hear about Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, and Llyod Bridges in this behind-the-scenes of the greatest movie ever made? As I eventually found out, the subtitle and main title should probably be reversed. The making of High Noon is highly interwoven with the communist witch hunts of the era, but the making of the film clearly takes a backseat to the political drama. To be fair, Carl Foreman (the primary writer of the film) is thrust into the epicenter of the communist hunt when he…