My method of procrastinating tonight was watching High Noon a film which won Gary Cooper the best actor Oscar® that year. I can't help but think that this movie inspired a lot of the spaghetti westerns which made Clint Eastwood so popular in the 1960s. It's commonly referred to as a morality tale, often in reference to the McCarthy hearings of the time. What interested me was that the people who showed courage were not the adults, but the kids and the drunks and the has-beens. Only a few of the townspeople were too over the top in their cowardice. The special feature on the DVD includes a note from the film makers that that taken individually, each person had a good and logical reason for declining to help. But taken as a whole, cowardice.
Trivia notes to self: John Ritter is the son of Tex Ritter, legendary cowboy actor and singer. And David Crosby is the son of cinematographer Floyd Crosby. Ritter's ballad opens the movie (which has an excellent score). And Crosby's stark filming made the film gritty and real.
5 stars (out of 5)
And yes, I shall soon enough tell the tale of the family dinner.