Did ‘High Noon’ Create American Warmongering?

Posted by Dennis M. on Sep 18, 2012 in Posts Views:2432;|

The forces of Good!

 

The forces of Evil!

 

Good triumphs over Evil.

 

Friends, I saw an old print of High Noon (made in 1952 – the war in Vietnam started three years later) the other day which has set me to thinking: Is this film responsible for creating the war-loving Evil Empire known as the U.S.?

The plot line of the film is simple but seductively so. An aging Marshall is preparing to leave town with his new bride because he hears that a baddie, Frank  Miller, who he helped to put in prison, is coming in on the noon train to settle some scores with him. At the station, three other gangsters are waiting including Frank’s brother.

Fearing that the baddies will just follow him, the Marshall decides to stay thinking he is going to get help from the locals. They abandon him in droves, the miserable cowards. The Marshall ends up with a young boy and a drunk to help him out.

Of course, everyone in the world has seen the film and knows that the Marshall triumphs and the baddies all die from lead poisoning. At the end of the film, the Marshall hands in his badge and drives away into the sunset with his wife in a horse and buggy.

The underlying moral of the story is that real Americans don’t run away from trouble and killing people with a gun who don’t like Americans and their way of life is completely justified.

America it seems is facing High Noon right across the world. With its giant Army of the Self-Righteous, it  faces off against all those who question or oppose its philosophy, those subhuman ingrates who don’t subscribe to the American Dream.

The American Dream of becoming fabulously rich is a delusion which America thinks everyone in the world should embrace without question. It is also a delusion because 1% of the American people end up with most of the wealth while the rest struggle.

Now, all Americans, from an early age, see High Noon and a million other cowboy and Indian movies just like it. They get the message that their white society is special, that they are special, that God is on their side, that the gun enables good as they see it to triumph and gets rid of the baddies and the Godless forever. This is black and white thinking at its most primitive and barbaric level.

The amazing thing that has changed however is that the character of the brave Marshall has been changed dramatically and now in 2012 the situation is that when the Baddies arrives on the Noon train, the new Marshall has at his disposal a million plus highly-trained troops, Blackhawk helicopters, F-16s, heavy tanks, drones, depleted uranium, cluster bombs, assassination squads, napalm, bunker-busting bombs and nukes, flotillas of warships, etc, etc!

But not in the minds of the American people! They still see the out-numbered Marshall walking down the main street, six-gun at his side, the epitome of bravery, of manliness, of standing up for what is right. They can’t see that the Marshall of today, Obama, and previous Presidents, is the Baddie in every sense of the word and has corrupted every moral and value that America ever had.

How can we change the American mindset? Damned if I know. But to remind Americans of the original point of High Noon wouldn’t be such a bad start, would it?

 

P.S. For your information, I include this small excerpt from an article written by Colin Todhunter on ICH today! It may alarm you but it does seem to obliquely support my High Noon thesis!

” Bear in mind that while the politicians appear to be at the driving wheel, the vehicle is ultimately being driven by General Electric, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Shell, ExxonMobil, BP, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Rothchilds and any other number of financial and corporate entities that profit from selling the dream, or imposing the nightmare, depending on which side of the drone attack or bombing campaign you happen to be on.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the upcoming US election later this year has anything to do with democracy. It doesn’t. Don’t be fooled into thinking there is a genuine choice between candidates and parties. There isn’t. Don’t be fooled into thinking the mainstream media will go out of its way to expose the lobbyists, the financial backers, the oilmen, the bankers, the arms manufacturers and the rich who have turned elections into a complete charade. It won’t.”

 

Your feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Bruce Bennett
Sep 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Our late, great comedian George Carlin said it well – “The reason it is called the “American Dream” is that you have to be asleep to believe it.” I was suckered into voting for Obummer in 2008. My only excuse is that I, like millions of others, was so profoundly sick and disgusted with the criminality and recklessness of George W. Bush that I wanted to believe in Barry’s Hope and Change. Turns out it was mostly a brand for a corporate friendly product that feels like a continuation of Bush and, in some cases, it is worse. There has also been no voting reform from this Congress (which has an abysmal approval rating which they seem to regard as irrelevant) so we are left with the same tactics of voter fraud and voter suppression by Rethug operatives as in previous elections. I find Romney to be repellent but Obama has been a big disappointment for reasons that have been discussed here. In good conscience, I will vote for either Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party or Jill Stein of the Green Party. Some Americans would tell me that I am throwing my vote away. I try to explain that the current duopoly is so profoundly corrupt that no change is possible and the corporate takeover of the U.S. will go on regardless of whether an R or D is elected. One poster said it well. The difference he said is that of driving 100 mph over a cliff or driving 50 mph over a cliff.

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Dennis M
Sep 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Thanks, Bruce, for your excellent comment. I agree that choosing between Obama and Romney is like choosing to be eaten by one of two crocodiles of equal size. What a choice!

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klaus
Sep 18, 2012 at 8:51 pm

how the– U.S.A –became so evil? it ain’t easy for most of the populace.stop going to hollywood rubbish.feeding the barbaric heart.klaus

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charlie
Sep 19, 2012 at 8:48 am

Bruce,
Carlin was a genius and a damn good observer of the human race.

David, actually when the film “High Noon” was first released in the US, many critics panned it as un-American. How so, you ask? Because the towns folks did not stand with the law man. I may be wrong, but some who worked behind the camera on the film were among those who were blacklisted during the “congressional hearings” of the HUAC (House un-American Activities Commission).
I do think that Hollyweird DOES contribute to the idiot mind set of the populous and does feed a type of blood lust and definitely that violence CAN solve problems. That is false of course as violence does not solve problems, just creates more of them, in particular, retaliation. Just my 2 cents worth.

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Bruce Bennett
Sep 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

You are correct. The man who was hounded was writer Carl Foreman. One person who went after him was good ole Amurkan John Wayne who felt that the movie didn’t show American values properly. The Duke remained a powerful enemy of Foreman’s for years after. Wayne had a simplistic attitude about how Westerns should be made. Years later, Clint Eastwood approached him to ask if he would like to be in his new film “High Plains Drifter”. Wayne said no because it was so cynical.

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Dennis M
Sep 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

Klaus, closing down Hollywood would be a gigantic step forward for mankind!

Charlie, thanks for your wise comment. America has a comic book style of mindset!

Bruce, yeah, John Wayne, another U.S. icon that contributed to the intellectual paucity and shallowness of the populace!

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Iron V
Jan 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

While I wholly reject your definition of the American Dream and your bizarre world view, it is a much simpler matter to debunk your interpretation of “High Noon.” Far from being the simplistic “good guy vs bad guy” format you assert, the movie was in fact written as an allegory and commentary on the threat to civil liberties posed by the anti-communist McCarthy witch hunt of the early 50s.

High Noon is a statement about the power of integrity and principle. It’s message is that evil flourishes unless good people take a stand against it–even when that stand is a politically and socially unpopular thing to do. Even when one’s own welfare is jeopardized.

High Noon was attacked by right wing elements as “Un-American.” It’s writer, Carl Foreman was blacklisted. While widely acclaimed as one of the great movies of all time for its writing, acting, innovation and originality, High Noon was deliberately passed over as Best Picture at the Oscars.

A great footnote… While other Americans ran in a panic from the House On Un-American Activities Committee, one Hollywood actor walked tall in life as he did on the screen. Gary Cooper offered to testify on Carl Foreman’s behalf…

One of the great achievements in film, High Noon is about as far away from the shallow motivations and content you describe as any film could be.

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Dennis M. Reply:

Glad you dropped by and explained everything for us, Iron. I guess most Americans might agree with you but few others.

A statement of integrity and principle, eh. I didn’t think that Americans in the main possessed either!

Cheers.

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