The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

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Starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, High Noon became a cultural touchstone, often cited by politicians as a film celebrating moral fortitude. Yet in the middle of the film shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was forced to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities about his former membership in the Communist Party. Refusing to name names, he was blacklisted and fled the United States. Examined in light of Foreman’s testimony, High Noon’s emphasis on courage and loyalty takes on deeper significance. In this book, Frankel tells the story of the making of a great American Western, exploring how High Noon evolved from idea to first draft to final script, taking on allegorical weight. Both the film and its turbulent political times emerge newly illuminated.