The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

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    • The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

      THE OX-BOW INCIDENT

      DIRECTED BY WILLIAM A. WELLMAN
      PRODUCED BY LAMAR TROTTI
      20th. CENTURY FOX



      Information From IMDb

      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

      Cast
      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.

      Writing credits
      Lamar Trotti (writer)
      Walter Van Tilburg Clark (novel)

      Original Music
      Cyril J. Mockridge

      Trivia
      * 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.

      Goofs
      * 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.

      Filming Locations
      Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
      Backlot, 20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

      The Ox-Bow Incident is a 1943 American Western film noir directed by William A. Wellman
      and starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews and Mary Beth Hughes,
      and featuring Anthony Quinn, William Eythe, Harry Morgan and Jane Darwell.

      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.

      The film premiered in May 1943 to positive reviews from critics.
      It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture at the
      16th Academy Awards, losing to Casablanca.

      In 1998, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry
      by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
      The film was adapted from the 1940 novel of the same name, written by Walter Van Tilburg Clark.

      This was not just a western, but also a harrowing story.
      Brilliantly directed by William Wellman, and although it starred Henry Fonda,
      he was more a witness, with Dana Andrews, having the key role,
      with a sensitive portayal,of Donald Martin.
      At the time Fonda, claimed this along with Grapes Of Wrath
      was the only two recent films he was enthusiastic about!
      So did many others, as this film
      is in most lists of top Western Classics
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

      I'm feeling kinda sorry for this movie review.
      Even though nominated for an Academy Award,
      and starred a members favourite, Henry Fonda,
      it's the only review that hasn't been posted on,
      in the recent flurry on these threads!
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

      Personally, I have never even heard of this movie before, let alone watched it. That just goes to show you what an educational service you are providing to the members of this message board. Keep up the good work !

      Chester :newyear:
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

      I just noticed that Fondas characters name in this is Gil Carter. In Drums Along The Mohawk, his characters name is also Gil but, the last name is Martin. Not a very common name, which makes it unique for an actor to play two characters in two different movies with the same first name.
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

      Somehow I missed this review, even if I was around most of July. I was out at August and will be again until 19 of September.
      I have this movie, but watched it only once and it made very dark impression over me. I think that Fonda's playing is exellent so as direction is brilliant, but it leaves very sad impression. Most of westerns gives us courege and beleif that you can owercome any life difficalties. In this even positive hero's are driven by mob and can't do nothing about wrong judjment and linching.
      Regards,
      Senta
    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

      I haven't seen this movie yet, but had always wanted to. Whomever sees it please give me your opinions of it. And yup, it's on DvD and I have been putting off buying it at deep discount dvd-for other movies.
      Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..