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High Noon and the Hollywood Blacklist

Gary Cooper as Marshal Will Kane in HIGH NOON

The film High Noon was a hit when it debuted in 1952, and it remains a revered Hollywood classic. But the tale of a sheriff awaiting a showdown held deeper meaning for screenwriter Carl Foreman. For him, it was a political parable. Communist fear gripped the nation, and Foreman was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities to answer for his past. Journalist Glenn Frankel has written a book about the making of High Noon and its high-stakes allegory. He joins us Thursday to talk about it.

Glenn Frankel was a staff writer at the Washington Post for 27 years, during which time he won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting. He's the author of several books including The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend. His newest is called High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic [Independent bookstores|Amazon|Audible]