Black Noon

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Black Noon
Black Noon.jpg
Directed by Bernard L. Kowalski
Produced by Andrew J. Fenady
Written by Andrew J. Fenady
Starring Roy Thinnes
Yvette Mimieux
Ray Milland
Gloria Grahame
Music by George Duning
Cinematography Keith C. Smith
Edited by Dann Cahn
Andrew J. Fenady Productions
Screen Gems Television
Distributed by Columbia Broadcasting System (1971)
Columbia TriStar Television
Sony Pictures Television (2002-)
Release date
  • November 5, 1971 (1971-11-05)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Black Noon is an American made-for-TV horror western feature film that debuted in 1971. It was written and produced by Andrew J. Fenady and directed by Bernard L. Kowalski.[1][2][3][4]

The film originally aired on November 5, 1971 as part of CBS's The CBS Friday Night Movies,[5] and was shown repeatedly in 1982.[6][7][8]

Jerry Beigel wrote in the Los Angeles Times about the premiere stating that the film's release would have been more fitting a week earlier, before Halloween.[9]


When Reverend John Keyes (Roy Thinnes) and his wife Lorna (Lynn Loring) arrive in a western town, they find that there is mysterious force causing bad luck to plague the settlers. Once the Reverend is able to get the recalcitrant residents to speak about the ongoing troubles, he finds his spiritual leadership is being challenged by a cult of devil worshippers who practice voodoo, and have to get to the heart of a strange relationship between a mute young girl and a gunslinger who seem possessed by Satanic spirits.

It was noted in The Monster Book, that in Black Noon, Roy Thinnes' character battled devil worshippers, but that in a later film, Satan's School for Girls, he led his own cult.[10]

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  1. ^ "Black Noon (1971)". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Black Noon (1971)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  3. ^ Perry, Jeb H. (1991). Screen Gems: a history of Columbia Pictures Television from Cohn to Coke, 1948-1983 (illustrated ed.). Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810824874. Retrieved July 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1979). The complete encyclopedia of television programs, 1947-1979. 2 (2nd ed.). A. S. Barnes. 
  5. ^ "Tonight's Best on TV". The Ledger. November 5, 1971. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Tonight's Best on TV". The Ledger. May 9, 1972. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 
  7. ^ "Weekend, May 9–10". New York Magazine. May 11, 1981. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  8. ^ "Evening, June 16–18 and 21-22". New York Magazine. June 21, 1982. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  9. ^ Beigel, Jerry (November 5, 1971). "Strange Doings on CBS' 'Black Noon'". Los Angeles Times. pp. section G22, page 1. Retrieved 2009-07-30. 
  10. ^ Christopher Golden; Stephen Bissette; Thomas E. Sniegoski (2000). The Monster Book (illustrated ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9780671042592. Retrieved July 25, 2009. 

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