The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Western  |  21 May 1943 (USA)
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When a posse catches up three men suspected of killing a local farmer, some of them become strongly divided on whether or not to lynch the men.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Croft (as Henry Morgan)
Matt Briggs ...
Judge Daniel Tyler
Arthur Davies
Frank Conroy ...
Jeff Farnley
Paul Hurst ...
Monty Smith
Victor Kilian ...
Chris-Pin Martin ...
Willard Robertson ...
Sheriff Risley


Two drifters are passing through a Western town, when news comes in that a local farmer has been murdered and his cattle stolen. The townspeople, joined by the drifters, form a posse to catch the perpetrators. They find three men in possession of the cattle, and are determined to see justice done on the spot. Written by David Levene <>

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20th Century Fox didn't think highly of the project so insisted that it be shot on studio backlots to keep the budget down. See more »


Gil Carter (Fonda) pulls his gun out twice when the mob first arrives at the Ox-Bow. See more »


Major Tetley: I'll have no female boys bearing my name.
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At the end of the credits an ad for U.S. war savings bonds is shown on the screen. It says that "15,000 movie theatres are now selling U.S. war savings stamps and bonds! Buy yours in this theatre." See more »


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Perhaps the best Western-Noir of all time-give it more votes!
15 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

A dark Western that ranks with "Liberty Valance" as a top Western-Noir film. This great film has a ranking that would place it in the top 250, but lacks enough votes.

"Ox-Bow" is rarely viewed or mentioned, yet most consider it to be a great film. Fonda's slow style is perfect for this psychological drama, and Henry Morgan delivers a very deep and compassionate performance. Dana Andrews may be miscast but delivers. Though slow-paced its characters, plot line and score keep the viewer glued. It's a haunting story with a twist at the end.

Please vote for this fine film and see if we can get it into the top 250!

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