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Lisa Olmsted
Operations Director, Western Heritage Center
Tel: (406) 256-6809, Ext. 121
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Glenn Frankel, to speak about his new bestselling book, High Noon

A Thursday evening film showing at Western Heritage Center will precede Friday talk

BILLINGS, Montana - Friday, March 24, 2017— Respected journalist, Glenn Frankel, will discuss his acclaimed new book, High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic, which explores the production of the famed Western drama at the Western Heritage Center on Friday evening, March 31 at 6 p.m. For movie buffs, the Western Heritage Center will also screen the film, High Noon, the evening before Frankel’s talk on Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m. While the author event is free, a suggested donation of $10 is requested for Thursday’s film viewing.

A classic Western showdown, High Noon starred Montana’s own Gary Cooper in what has often been referred to as his best performance and for which he won an Academy Award, and a young Grace Kelly in her breakthrough role. The widely-praised 1952 film garnered an additional three Academy Awards and follows Cooper as Marshal Will Kane, a retiring lawman facing his last stand against villainy, who refuses to be corrupted when all offers of help come at a price.

Frankel’s carefully researched social history dives behind the screen to the wider backdrop of the film’s production—the Communist blacklisting which scourged Hollywood during the 1950s and plagued High Noon’s screenwriter, Carl Foreman. While working on High Noon, Foreman was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) to testify because of his previous ties to the Communist party. Refusing to “name names,” Foreman was subsequently blacklisted in Hollywood. Audiences can look forward to a lively discussion of the film’s context and a human sketch of the characters behind the scenes who faced indomitable pressures, inviting questions about parallels today.

Frankel’s stop at the Western Heritage Center is part of his four-city Montana tour which is sponsored by the Montana Historical Society. The author will be available to sign copies of his book.

For more information, please contact  Lisa Olmsted at, or call 406-256-6809, x121.