High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane
|High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane|
|Written by||Elmore Leonard|
|Directed by||Jerry Jameson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Charles W. Fries
|Cinematography||Harry J. May|
|Running time||96 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Charles Fries Productions
|Original release||November 15, 1980|
High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane is a 1980 made-for television film 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
- Michael Pataki as Darold
- M. Emmet Walsh as Harold Patton
- Frank Campanella as Dr. Losey
- J.A. Preston as Alonzo
- Tracey Walter as Harlan Tyler
- Britt Leach as Virgil
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.