High Noon (1952) starring Gary Cooper is an American western film that was directed by Fred Zinnemann and is considered, both culturally and historically, as being one of the most significant films ever produced.
The plot begins with Cooper’s character Will Kane, the longtime marshal of Hadleyville, New Mexico, turning in his badge in order to marry Amy Fowler, a pacifist Quaker, played by Grace Kelly. His intention is to become a storekeeper and lead a peaceful life with his new bride. However, fate will not make this as easy to do as it may sound. News has just arrived in town that outlaw Frank Miller, whose capture by Kane had resulted in Miller’s conviction and a hanging sentence, was pardoned as a result of a legal technicality.
Kane’s life path has just taken a potentially fatal turn as Miller will be arriving on the noon train.