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 <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>
Gil Carter (Fonda) pulls his gun out twice when the mob first arrives at the Ox-Bow. See more »
They're kiddin' you, Sparks.
I know sir. But maybe Mr. Smith's accidentally right. Maybe I ought to go along.
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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 »
A startling picture about moral play in the times of the Old West, the film is not a character-based drama, since we hardly get to know any of the characters, but we understand their actions and importantly what makes them tick. The incident feels universal, as the same themes and ideas have application and relevance to justice and vengeance today. What is at the heart of the film is not confined to the western setting. It is intense viewing, aided by apt sets and realistic dust effects, and both Fonda and Morgan are effective in their roles. The rest of the cast generally have lighter characters, and therefore there is less that they can do. But it all comes well together overall. This is a film that well deserves its status as a classic.
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