High Tide at Noon

High Tide at Noon is a 1957 British drama film directed by Philip Leacock.[1] It was entered into the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.[2] High Tide at Noon was based on the first of a series of novels by Elisabeth Ogilvie, set in Maine.

High Tide at Noon
Film poster
Directed byPhilip Leacock
Produced byDavid Deutsch
Earl St. John
Julian Wintle
Written byElisabeth Ogilvie
Neil Paterson
StarringBetta St. John
CinematographyEric Cross
Edited bySidney Hayers
Release date
  • 30 April 1957 (1957-04-30)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A woman named Joanna returns to an island off the coast of Nova Scotia where she was raised, and where memories immediately stir from her past.

She recalls being 17 and having the attentions of three young men. The handsome but arrogant and aggressive Simon Breck repels her, while Nils Sorensen, who loves her, is seen by Joanna only as a friend, not a suitor. She ultimately marries Alec Douglas, a gentle soul who reads poetry to her.

Economic hardship overwhelms nearly everyone on the island, particularly Joanna's parents, the MacKenzies, as the fickle ocean keeps leaving the fishing community's lobster traps empty. Worse for her, Alec amasses a debt well into the hundreds of dollars to Simon, due to his gambling. All three men ultimately disappear from her life, but upon her return, many years later, Joanna is pleased to once again encounter Nils.



  1. "BFI: High Tide at Noon". BFI. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  2. "Festival de Cannes: High Tide at Noon". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
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