“High non”

Evergreen - - Spring 2016 - JOHN RICHARDS, WINCH­ESTER, HAMP­SHIRE.

hut. Un­for­tu­nately, in Novem­ber 1953 I was posted to Ta’ Qali and never saw him again. — MADAM: “The Golden Age of Westerns” (“Cinemagic”, Au­tumn 2015) didn’t men­tion the daddy of them all, High Noon ( 1952) which won so many awards. In it the sher­iff, played by Gary Cooper, wasn’t sup­ported by the mayor of the town and many lo­cal peo­ple also de­serted him. Only his wife- to- be, played by Grace Kelly, stood by him.

He was on his own, when a crim­i­nal was set free and came to the town, with his gang, to seek his re­venge on the sher­iff. It was the per­fect anal­ogy of good and evil. I al­ways thought that Gary Cooper, that la­conic star, was the per­fect ex­am­ple of a good man fight­ing evil.

To me, Gary Cooper was the ul­ti­mate Western star, far out­weigh­ing John Wayne and Clint East­wood. — DAVID WHEEL­DON, CLARE, SUF­FOLK. * It was cer­tainly a bril­liant film and won four Academy Awards and four Golden Globes. — Ed.

Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell and Gary Cooper in the 1952 Western High Noon. See let­ter below.

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