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Films of Sergio Leone => For a Few Dollars More => Topic started by: Huey on November 30, 2014, 01:15:41 PM

Title: Throwing the tin star in the dirt
Post by: Huey on November 30, 2014, 01:15:41 PM
A highly controversial action by Gary Cooper at the end of High Noon. Is it referenced by any scene in a Leone film? Well, nearly, but in a reverse scenario. Early in FAFDM, after Clint has wiped out Baby Cavanagh's mob in White Rock, he tells the sheriff that he should be brave, loyal, etc. and takes his badge off him. Outside, he suggests to the townsfolk that they need a new sheriff and throws down the badge.

Cooper threw his badge away because he was disgusted with the people of Hadleyville; Clint threw the White Rock badge away out of disgust with the sheriff.
Title: Re: Throwing the tin star in the dirt
Post by: Bronsonica on May 28, 2021, 06:53:16 AM
It's a good example of Leone reversing a reference. The original action by Gary Cooper certainly upset John Wayne who banged on that it was "un-American" (I remember him talking about it to Michael Parkinson). I wonder what Wayne thought of Clint's action?
Title: Re: Throwing the tin star in the dirt
Post by: uncknown on July 21, 2021, 10:05:00 PM
Dirty Harry threw his badge away also.
In his case I believe it was because he violated orders and figured he would be fired