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1-14-10 Tex Ritter – High Noon

Posted by Sean on January 14, 2010

Ugggghhhh… that was one hell of a New Year’s Party. It feels like someone buried an axe in my skull. Well, whatta ya know, someone did. Crazy lumberjacks…

Jesus, it’s Jan. 14, already? Man oh man… Last thing I remember is running through Times Square carrying the New Year’s ball and screaming something about “Save Sargon! Save Sargon!”

That’ll teach me to accept bubbling drinks from women with unidentifiable accents. Oh, and if ever you wake up naked in a bathtub full of ice and with a note that says, “Go to the hospital now”, you’ll want to do what the note says. Just trust me on this.

Well, while I’m waiting for the Alka-Seltzer and the emergency dialysis to kick in, I might as well continue our themeless theme. This is High Noon, the theme song to the 1952 movie of the same name, written by perennial western songwriter Dimitri Tiomkin and sung by Tex Ritter [1]. One of my favorite movies, and one of my favorite movie songs.

Interesting fact: John Wayne reportedly called High Noon the most un-American movie he’d ever seen. He was so absolutely aghast that a western sheriff would actually beg for help to fight the bad guys (instead of, oh, I don’t know, mowing them down with his handy M249 belt-fed squad automatic weapon and then calling in an artillery strike) that he made Rio Bravo, in which he enlists Ricky Nelson and Dean Martin to fight the bad guys. That’s who you want on your side in a fight to the death, Duke! A drunk and a teen idol!

What do I think about this? I think that I like both movies, and that people who get involved in the High Noon/Rio Bravo dialectic start sounding like sneering, uninformed Letters to the Editor… except that they’re movie geeks, so it’s even worse. And I stay the hell out of it.

Courtesy of RoverTCB.

[1] Am I crazy, or does Ritter sound like Robert Mitchum in this song? Well, I know that I’m crazy. But still…

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