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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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Art Croft (as Henry Morgan)
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Judge Daniel Tyler
Arthur Davies
Frank Conroy ...
Jeff Farnley
Paul Hurst ...
Monty Smith
Victor Kilian ...
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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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Art Croft: I figured there ...
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Perhaps the best Western-Noir of all time-give it more votes!
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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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