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
The sequel is as good as the original classic ‘High Noon’. Must watch for those who like watching western movies.