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The Ox-Bow Incident ()


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When a posse captures three men suspected of killing a local farmer, they become strongly divided over whether or not to lynch the men.

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Gil Carter
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Donald Martin
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Rose Mapen
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Juan Martínez
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Gerald Tetley
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Art Croft (as Henry Morgan)
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Ma Grier
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Judge Daniel Tyler
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Arthur Davies
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Major Tetley
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Jeff Farnley
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Monty Smith
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Darby
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Poncho
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Sheriff Risley
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Joyce
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
C.E. Anderson ...
Posse Member (uncredited)
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Bartlett (uncredited)
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Red (uncredited)
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Greene (uncredited)
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Winder (uncredited)
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Jimmy Carnes (uncredited)
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Posse Member (uncredited)
Forrest Dillon ...
Mark (uncredited)
Dan Dix ...
Posse Member (uncredited)
Larry Dods ...
Posse Member (uncredited)
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Posse Member (uncredited)
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Alva 'Dad' Hardwicke (uncredited)
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Mrs. Larch (uncredited)
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Gabe Hart (uncredited)
Don House ...
Posse Member (uncredited)
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Moore (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
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Posse Member (uncredited)
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Mr. Swanson (uncredited)
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Larry Kinkaid (uncredited)
George Plues ...
Alec Small (uncredited)
Dick Rich ...
Deputy Butch Mapes (uncredited)
Ed Richard ...
Posse Member (uncredited)
Walt Robbins ...
Posse Member (uncredited)
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Miss Swanson (uncredited)
Clint Sharp ...
Posse Member (uncredited)
Ben Watson ...
Posse Member (uncredited)
Leigh Whipper ...
Sparks (uncredited)

Directed by

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William A. Wellman

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Lamar Trotti ... (written for the screen by)
 
Walter Van Tilburg Clark ... (from the novel by)

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Lamar Trotti ... producer
William Goetz ... executive producer (uncredited)

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Cyril J. Mockridge

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Arthur C. Miller ... director of photography (as Arthur Miller)

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Allen McNeil ... film editor

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Lyman Hallowell ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

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James Basevi
Richard Day

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Frank E. Hughes ... (set decorations)
Thomas Little ... (set decorations)

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Earl Luick ... (costumes)

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Guy Pearce ... makeup artist

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Otto Lang ... third assistant director (uncredited)
Ad Schaumer ... assistant director (uncredited)
James Tinling ... second unit director (uncredited)

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Alfred Bruzlin ... sound
Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)

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Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)

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Conrad Salinger ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer ... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines LYNCH LAW RULES THE MOB! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Strange Incident (United Kingdom)
  • L'étrange incident (France)
  • Ritt zum Ox-Bow (Germany)
  • Incidente en Ox-Bow (Spain)
  • Alba fatale (Italy)
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  • 75 min
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Budget $565,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Henry Fonda was generally unhappy with the quality of the films he had to do while under contract to 20th Century-Fox. This was one of only two films from that period that he was actually enthusiastic about starring in. The other was The Grapes of Wrath (1940). See more »
Goofs Juan Martinez throws a knife that lands right next to Farnley's foot. If you look closely you can see a thin wire attached to the end of the knife, indicating that first the scene was filmed with the knife being jerked backwards by the wire, then the film was played in reverse, to give the desired illusion of the knife landing at Farnley's feet. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in William Wellman (1973). See more »
Soundtracks Red River Valley See more »
Crazy Credits 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 »
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. 'Cause it'll be over for me in a little while, but they'll have to go on remembering for the rest of their lives. A man just naturally can't take the law into his own hands and hang people without hurtin' everybody in the world, 'cause then he's just not breaking one law but all laws. Law is a lot more than words you put in a book, or judges or lawyers or sheriffs you hire to carry it out. It's everything people ever have found out about justice and what's right and wrong. It's the very conscience of humanity. There can't be any such thing as civilization unless people have a conscience, because if people touch God anywhere, where is it except through their conscience? And what is anybody's conscience except a little piece of the conscience of all men that ever lived? I guess that's all I've got to say except kiss the babies for me and God bless you. Your husband, Donald."
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