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'IS THIS A TOWN REALLY WORTH DYING FOR ?'
on 14 March 2013
This 1952 Classic set the bar for what was yet to come -
'Marshall Will Kane' (Gary Cooper) had cleaned up 'Hadleyville' (a small town in New Mexico territory) down the years making it
a safe place to live, he is now set to retire and start a new life in another town with his new-bride 'Amy' (Grace Kelly) as the
ceremony and celebration conclude three riders come into town 'Ben Miller' (Sheb Wooley) , 'Jack Colby' (Lee Van Cleef) and
'Jim Pierce' (Robert J Wilke) they are there to meet the noon train on which is 'Frank Miller' (Ian MacDonald)
'Will' had arrested 'Frank' some five years or so back, the vicious killer had been sentenced for a life-term in jail but had been
released early and is returning to 'Hadleyville' with revenge in mind.
When this news reaches the wedding party, 'Will' and 'Amy's' friends urge them to leave town immediately to start their new-life
together before the train arrives in little over an hours time.
The three that wait for 'Frank Miller' are members of his old gang.
'Will' and 'Amy' set off, however a short way into the journey 'Will' pulls up the carriage, he just can't leave the town open to the
will of 'Frank Miller' and his side-kicks, the new Marshall doesn't arrive until tomorrow.
Back in town 'Will' is confident that he'll be able to raise a posse, he has many friends in town many of whom had stood with him
during troubled times in years gone by.
However, even his deputy 'Harvey Pell' (Lloyd Bridges) throws in his badge upset that he'd not been appointed 'Will's' replacement,
and his so-called friends refuse to join in the fight.
'Will's' new bride not wanting to see her husband killed decides she'll leave town on the noon train 'Frank' is arriving on, the judge
that convicted the killer is also set to leave town.
'Will' must question why he has returned, is it to protect those that refuse to help, is it because if the fight isn't finished now, 'Frank'
will only hunt him down, or is it pride ?
Because the three gunmen are at the station waiting, 'Amy' goes back into town to await the train joining 'Frank's' former lover
'Helen Ramirez' ( Katy Jurado) who also intends leaving on the train..
'Will' waits alone for the noon train and the inevitable show-down.
This a tension-filled affair as the hour leading up to noon ticks slowly by
A rousing conclusion to the film as 'Will' faces the four gunmen.
Many of the stars included in the film are seen in many of the memorable westerns that follow this classic.
Filmed and presented in Black and White with a 4.3 picture ratio.