High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic A review of Glenn Frankel's new book.

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High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic by Glenn Frankel.

In this engrossing follow-up to his bestseller about The Searchers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning international reporter reveals much more than the making of a movie.

Screenwriter Carl Forman, in the maelstrom of HUAC’s Hollywood witch hunt, contorted the characters and plot of his 1952 Western as he lost faith in American institutions, creating a classic film that did not include his name as producer in the credits.

High Noon was so controversial that Howard Hawks made one of his finest films, 1959’s Rio Bravo, as a rebuttal. 

Henry C. Parke is a screenwriter based in Los Angeles, California, who blogs about Western movies, TV, radio and print news: HenrysWesternRoundup.Blogspot.com.

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