THE OX-BOW INCIDENT
DIRECTED BY WILLIAM A. WELLMAN
PRODUCED BY LAMAR TROTTI
20th. CENTURY FOX
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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
Henry Fonda ... Gil Carter
Dana Andrews ... Donald Martin
Mary Beth Hughes ... Rose Mapen / Rose Swanson
Anthony Quinn ... Juan Martínez / Francisco Morez
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 ... Maj. Tetley
Marc Lawrence ... Jeff Farnley
Paul Hurst ... Monty Smith
Victor Kilian ... Darby
Chris-Pin Martin ... Poncho
Willard Robertson ... Sheriff
Ted North ... Joyce
And many more, including, notably,
Francis Ford and Frank McGrath.
Lamar Trotti (writer)
Walter Van Tilburg Clark (novel)
Cyril J. Mockridge
* Henry Fonda, who had a deferment, enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately upon completing filming for this movie.
* When he was a child, Henry Fonda's father took him to the Omaha town square to show him the results of a lynching the night before. When young Henry asked what this had to do with them, the elder Fonda replied "Lynching is the business of any man who's around." Fonda made sure that this line (or a slight reworking of it) was inserted into the script.
* This was the last movie ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture which received no other Academy Award nominations.
* Henry Fonda was generally unhappy with the quality of the films he had to do while under contract with 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).
* Director William A. Wellman loved the novel "The Ox-Bow Incident" and had long wanted to make it into a film, but the rights-holders insisted that he cast Mae West in any adaptation, which Wellman thought was ridiculous. Finally, Wellman bought the rights himself, and proceeded to make the film "his" way.
* Head of 20th Century Fox, Darryl F. Zanuck, overcame his objections to the contentious nature of the film by insisting that it be made cheaply on studio sets.
* Continuity: Gil Carter (Fonda) pulls his gun out twice when the mob first arrives at the Ox-Bow.
* Crew or equipment visible: SPOILER: After the Major Tetley character takes his own life behind the closed door to his study, Frank Conroy, (the actor portraying him), or a crew member apparently begins to open the door just before the cut away to Tetley's son's reaction.
Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
Backlot, 20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA