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Director:
Writers:
Lamar Trotti (written for the screen by)
Walter Van Tilburg Clark (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
21 May 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
LYNCH LAW RULES THE MOB! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Brilliant and timeless ensemble drama See more (114 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Henry Fonda ... Gil Carter

Dana Andrews ... Donald Martin
Mary Beth Hughes ... Rose Mapen

Anthony Quinn ... Juan Martínez
William Eythe ... Gerald Tetley

Harry Morgan ... Art Croft (as Henry Morgan)

Jane Darwell ... Jenny Grier
Matt Briggs ... Judge Daniel Tyler

Harry Davenport ... Arthur Davies
Frank Conroy ... Major Tetley

Marc Lawrence ... Jeff Farnley
Paul Hurst ... Monty Smith
Victor Kilian ... Darby
Chris-Pin Martin ... Poncho
Willard Robertson ... Sheriff Risley
Ted North ... Joyce
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
C.E. Anderson ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Stanley Andrews ... Bartlett (uncredited)
Hank Bell ... Red (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Green (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Winder (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Jimmy Cairnes (uncredited)
Tex Cooper ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Forrest Dillon ... Mark (uncredited)
Dan Dix ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Larry Dods ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... Halva Harvey (uncredited)

Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Larch (uncredited)
Rondo Hatton ... Gabe Hart (uncredited)
Don House ... Posse Member (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Moore (uncredited)
Tom London ... Deputy (uncredited)
Frank McGrath ... Posse Member (uncredited)
George Meeker ... Mr. Swanson (uncredited)
Frank Orth ... Larry Kinkaid (uncredited)
George Plues ... Alec Small (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Deputy Butch Mapes (uncredited)
Ed Richard ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Walt Robbins ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Miss Swanson (uncredited)
Clint Sharp ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Ben Watson ... Posse Member (uncredited)
Leigh Whipper ... Sparks (uncredited)
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Directed by
William A. Wellman 
 
Writing credits
Lamar Trotti (written for the screen by)

Walter Van Tilburg Clark (from the novel by)

Produced by
Lamar Trotti .... producer
William Goetz .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (director of photography) (as Arthur Miller)
 
Film Editing by
Allen McNeil (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Richard Day 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank E. Hughes (set decorations)
Thomas Little (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director (uncredited)
James Tinling .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
75 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:12 (2008) | South Korea:12 (2003) (DVD rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2006) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #8590) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
One of a select group of films to secure just one Oscar nomination, albeit in the Best Picture category. Counting only official nominations, other members in this club include The Racket (1928), East Lynne (1931), Trader Horn (1931), Five Star Final (1931), One Hour with You (1932), The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), Grand Hotel (1932/I), Smilin' Through (1932), She Done Him Wrong (1933), Here Comes the Navy (1934), The House of Rothschild (1934), Ruggles of Red Gap (1935), Libeled Lady (1936), La Grande Illusion (1937), and One Foot in Heaven (1941).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Gil Carter (Fonda) pulls his gun out twice when the mob first arrives at the Ox-Bow.See more »
Quotes:
[Gil Carter reading Martin's letter]
Gil Carter:"My dear Wife, Mr. Davies will tell you what's happening here tonight. He's a good man and has done everything he can for me. I suppose there are some other good men here, too, only they don't seem to realize what they're doing. They're the ones I feel sorry for...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Soap: Episode #1.17" (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
Great Camp Meeting in the Promised LandSee more »

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60 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant and timeless ensemble drama, 20 September 2005
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The Ox-Bow Incident isn't a very well known cinema classic, and therefore it's fan base is comprised mostly of cinema buffs that are willing to go that extra mile to see great films. It's a shame that this film hasn't managed to cement itself better in cinema history since it's release in 1943, but on the other hand; anyone who does make the effort to seek it out is definitely in for a treat! Unlike many other westerns from the golden age of cinema, this one doesn't focus on Cowboys and Indians or other such entertainment friendly subjects, but instead the story is of a much more absorbing and long-lasting nature. The implications of this film can be applied to almost any time in history and it will be relevant, and that is what makes The Ox-Bow Incident such a great film. The story follows two drifters who ride into a town to find that the locals are forming a posse to catch and hang the men that they believe have murdered a local farmer and stolen his cattle. It quickly becomes apparent that the men accused may not be guilty, but the townsfolk are bloodthirsty and hungry to see justice done there and then.

The themes in the film are more prevalent and important than the plot itself. The film shows how rash decisions can out-shadow the truth, and this story can be likened to any number of stories over the last few centuries where the American value of 'innocent until proved guilty' has been overshadowed in favour of a crowd-pleasing decision. The tragedy of the film is always at the forefront, and this makes it difficult to aptly categorise this film as a western. Putting this film in with a genre of film that often focuses on gunfights and chase sequences somehow doesn't seem right. This film is really an ensemble drama, and in just a 72 minute running time, director William A. Wellman has managed to make a film that both intrigues and gives it's audience food for thought. Too many filmmakers these days think that a long running time is what makes a great film; but Wellman has proved that tight plotting and an important story are the far more important aspects. Henry Fonda is the biggest name on the cast list, and he does well; but even he struggles to shine amongst this film's real star, which is, of course, the script and the themes on offer. On the whole, this is a great film, which deserves more respect and shouldn't be missed by anyone!

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