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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 »
LYNCH LAW RULES THE MOB! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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 »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Perhaps the best Western-Noir of all time-give it more votes! See more (122 total) »


  (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 ... Alva 'Dad' Hardwicke (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)

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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | 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)

Did You Know?

The rights to Walter Van Tilburg Clark's book were originally acquired in 1941 by Harold Hurley, a former Paramount producer who tried unsuccessfully to make a distribution deal with United Artists. Modern sources note that director William A. Wellman bought the rights from Hurley and then interested Twentieth Century-Fox production chief Darryl F. Zanuck in producing the story. Zanuck agreed on the condition that Wellman direct two other films for the studio, Thunder Birds: Soldiers of the Air (1942) and Buffalo Bill (1944).See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
[last lines]
Art Croft:Where are we goin'?
Gil Carter:He said he wanted his wife to get this letter, didn't he? Said there was nobody to look after the kids, didn't he?
[they both mount and ride out of town]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in "Biography: The Fondas" (2004)See more »
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69 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Perhaps the best Western-Noir of all time-give it more votes!, 15 December 2004
Author: ren-28

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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Another early anti-lynching film ap1704
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