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To Live in Hadleyville
Wall Street Journal, by Henry Allen

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Posted By:StormCnter, 12/8/2012 11:05:50 AM

One sunny Tuesday in the worst spring of my life, I cut seventh period at Roosevelt Junior High School and ran half a mile downtown to the Rialto Theater. It was 1955. "High Noon" had been a big hit in 1952, four Oscars. I´d missed it. Now it was back in a matinee. I had never been the school-cutting type. But that spring I was failing to thrive amid the ambitious go-along-to-get-along smugness of Westfield, N.J., which was everything you were supposed to want in a 1950s suburb. Maybe I thought redemption awaited me at the Rialto.

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For all these years, I thought it was just a very good movie. I think Mr. Allen thinks too much.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bullhead, 12/8/2012 11:29:02 AM     (No. 9055286)

Concur with OP. It is the story of good versus evil, courage, and love.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: raspberry, 12/8/2012 11:33:56 AM     (No. 9055291)

Well, what happenrd when Allen cut all those classes? Did he pay a price for gaining those philosophical insights about life? Actually, Allen´s thoughts are very insightful and this is a very good read, especially in the context of today. How far we have drifted from Kane´s ethics.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: horacer, 12/8/2012 11:48:52 AM     (No. 9055306)

And to think I always liked the movie because Grace Kelly´s hot. Henry´s a little overwrought.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Pros7767, 12/8/2012 12:16:39 PM     (No. 9055337)

It reflects everything that is wrong in this country. People need to do the right thing simply because it is the right thing to do.

Now, people justify their actions with a convenient conscious. They can find a way to justify doing whatever they want to do. To them, there is no right and wrong.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 12/8/2012 12:29:38 PM     (No. 9055355)

Too right, #4, we were brought up to do the right thing or pay big old conseequences. It is hard to do sometimes, but worth it in the end. I still remember the movie and the two great movie stars. I wonder how John Wayne would have handled it - lol - I think he would have smacked Grace´s head and told her to get home.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Rightfromthestart, 12/8/2012 12:40:20 PM     (No. 9055373)

Ah yes, every movie ever made is an allegory about the blacklist, when a few Hollywood millionaires had trouble getting work because they espoused a philosophy that killed 100 million people in the 20th century. ´Who cares about those 100 million dead people, they probably weren´t even artistic, but look at poor me, I had to let one of the maids go!´

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Reply 7 - Posted by: scarface67, 12/8/2012 1:41:18 PM     (No. 9055439)


I´ve always believed the movie was a reaffirmation of Edmund Burke´s quotation -

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”




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Reply 8 - Posted by: lazlototh, 12/8/2012 2:19:50 PM     (No. 9055458)

"I´ve got to, that´s the whole thing."

Perfect line from a perfect actor in the perfect setting for the perfect line for the perfect actor. I don´t think more analysis has to be undertaken beyond that line.

"I´ve got to, that´s the whole thing."

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Reply 9 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 12/8/2012 2:34:36 PM     (No. 9055473)

I love the movie, but in order to make a point I think there is one false note. The townsmen of this era were probably all in the Civil War. It is highly unlikely that it was a town full of cowards.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Straitpath, 12/8/2012 4:07:13 PM     (No. 9055565)

This article struck a chord with me. In Utah we enjoyed our Jazz hero, Karl Malone. Karl would speak of himself in the third person. We haul out one of his phrases when the situation fits, "Karl Malone gotta do what Karl Malone gotta do." This fits what Kane did and I hope I have the same guts when I need them.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bob913, 12/8/2012 4:33:11 PM     (No. 9055596)

I have seen westerns showing people to afraid to help. It never made sense as these people came across the world enduring hardships and would not let anyone take from them.

Read about the James-Younger gang´s attempted robbery of a bank in Northfield, Minnesota in 1876.

The towns people shot the gang to pieces.


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/8/2012 6:22:46 PM     (No. 9055710)

When I was in parochial high school, every month one year we were shown a movie that showed a person confronting evil, or facing a crisis in conscience. The one movie that left a really lasting impression was High Noon.

In class, we were taught what #1 says the movie is about. Courage, even if you have to go it alone.

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