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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 »
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My brief review of the film 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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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?

Henry Fonda always regarded this as one of his favorite films.See more »
Continuity: Gil Carter (Fonda) pulls his gun out twice when the mob first arrives at the Ox-Bow.See more »
hick1:Down in Texas, where I come from, we just go out and get a man and string him up.
hick2:That's right!
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Great Camp Meeting in the Promised LandSee more »


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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
My brief review of the film, 20 July 2005
Author: sol- from Perth, Australia

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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