The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 18, 1944 with William Eythe reprising his film role. See more »


After the Major walks into the room and closes the door, you hear the gunshot shot and just seconds later, someone cracks the door and closes it. See more »


[Carter and Croft are out with the posse]
Gil Carter: Doin' this in the middle of the night's crazy.
Art Croft: Thought you liked excitement?
Gil Carter: I got nothin' particular against hangin' a murderin' rustler; it's just I don't like doin' it in the dark. There's always some crazy fool who'll lose his head and start hangin' everybody in sight.
Art Croft: Us?
Gil Carter: Funnier things have happened.
Art Croft: Well we didn't have to come.
Gil Carter: Look kinda funny if we hadn't, wouldn't it?
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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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The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) ****
26 September 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I loved the simplicity of this 75 minute film, yet how powerful and effective it remained just the same. It's an effective little gem with nice direction, good performances (with a standout being a young Anthony Quinn) and a telling study of human weaknesses.

I had a very minor quibble regarding Henry Fonda's characterization early in the movie, and how so much time was spent on crafting it to no real advantage. It seemed like all that preliminary material had no bearing on the events that would transpire later in the movie. The same might be argued for the scene involving the married woman who Fonda is sweet on. No matter. In the end, the film is overwhelmingly successful and poignant, despite these observations.

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