High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane
|High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane|
|Directed by||Jerry Jameson|
|Written by||Elmore Leonard|
Charles Fries Productions
High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane is the 1980 made-for television sequel to the classic 1952 Western film High Noon. It starred Lee Majors in the title role, as well as David Carradine and Pernell Roberts. It first aired on CBS on November 15, 1980 in a two-hour time-slot. The film's screenplay was written by famed crime novelist Elmore Leonard.
Will Kane returns to the town of Hadleyville, a year after the events of High Noon, and finds that the town is now in the hands of a corrupt marshal and his two aides. J.D. Ward, the man that replaced Kane as marshal, is a tyrant who shoots up the horses Will has just purchased. Ward is after Ben Irons and his men in order to get the bounty on them, even though Ward knows they are innocent. Ben gets away. Ward pursues him, and Kane decides to help Ben. Ben dies from a gunshot wound. Ward is going to arrest Kane for helping Ben, but the town rallies together and issues a warrant for Ward's arrest. Kane then again puts on the tin star (that he threw on the ground at the end of the 1952 original movie) and shoots Ward to death.
- Lee Majors as Will Kane
- David Carradine as Ben Irons
- Pernell Roberts as Marshal J.D. Ward
- Katherine Cannon as Amy Kane
- Frank Campanella as Dr. Losey
- J.A. Preston as Alonzo
In 1966 4-Star made a 30 minute "High Noon" TV pilot called "The Clock Strikes Noon Again". Harry Sukman scored the music.
High Noon, Part II was released on DVD in 2012.
It currently holds a score of 5.2/10 on IMDb.
- High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane at the Internet Movie Database
- Stagecoach to tombstone: the filmgoers' guide to the great westerns, by Howard Hughes