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.