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ShowtimesFebruary 4:5:00 pm, 7:00 pm
50th Anniversary Screening. One of the greatest Westerns ever made! Written by Carl Foreman (who was later blacklisted during the anticommunist hearings of the ’50s) this 1952 classic stars Gary Cooper as just-married lawman Will Kane, who is about to retire as a small-town sheriff and begin a new life with his bride (Grace Kelly) when he learns that gunslinger Frank Miller (Ian MacDonald) is due to arrive at high noon to settle an old score. Innovative for its time, the suspenseful story unfolds in approximate real time, and many interpreted Foreman’s drama as an allegorical reflection of apathy and passive acceptance of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anticommunist campaign. Political underpinnings aside, this remains a milestone of its genre and Cooper is flawless in his Oscar-winning role.