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The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by William A. Wellman and produced by Lamar Trotti.

The Ox-Bow Incident was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1998.

Academy Awards 1943 --- Ceremony Number 16 (source: AMPAS)

Best Picture20th Century-FoxNominated

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Henry Fonda and Dana Andrews in "The Ox-Bow Incident"

By Stephen Reginald on Aug 27, 2020 From Classic Movie Man

Henry Fonda and Dana Andrews in "The Ox-Bow Incident" The Ox-Box Incident (1943) is an American western film directed by Wiliam A. Wellman, starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, and an extraordinary supporting cast that includes Anthony Quinn, Harry Morgan, Mary Beth Hughes, and Jane Darwell. The... Read full article

Review: The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 23, 2019 From 4 Star Films

We know the score. Two drifters ride into town. They sidle up to the bar for some shots, looking for something to do in a lazy Nevada dust-hole. Their faces are equally familiar to anyone who has ever seen even a few of the old oaters. Feisty Henry Fonda as Gil Carter and his more even-keeled pal Ar... Read full article

Top Picks: The Ox-Bow Incident

By Amanda Garrett on Apr 23, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

This week, we're celebrating Anthony Quinn's 100th birthday with a look at one of his most underrated films, The Ox-Bow Incident (1943). Here he is at far left with Dana Andrews; Henry Fonda; Frank Conroy, and Jane Darwell. Anthony Quinn was one of old Hollywood's greatest character actors. He... Read full article

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

By Beatrice on Sep 21, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Ox-Bow Incident Directed by William A. Wellman Written by Lamar Trotti from the novel by Walter Van Tilberg Clark 1943/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Repeat viewing/Netflix Rental Number 168 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Gil Carter: Hangin’ is any man’s busin... Read full article

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 8, 2014 From 4 Star Films

Starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Harry Morgan, Anthony Quinn, and many more, the film begins with two drifters (Fonda and Morgan) who enter a small western town. Soon it gets around that a man is dead and some of his cattle were also stolen. Hurriedly, a posse is put together and they ride off to... Read full article

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[Carter and Croft are out with the posse]
Gil Carter: Doin' this in the middle of the night's crazy.
Art Croft: Thought you liked excitement?
Gil Carter: I got nothin' particular against hangin' a murderin' rustler; it's just I don't like doin' it in the dark. There's always some crazy fool who'll lose his head and start hangin' everybody in sight.
Art Croft: Us?
Gil Carter: Funnier things have happened.
Art Croft: Well we didn't have to come.
Gil Carter: Look kinda funny if we hadn't, wouldn't it?

Jenny Grier: [when Juan finally speaks English after pretending he only knows Spanish] So, he speaks American!
Juan Martínez: And ten other languages, my dear - but I don't tell anything I don't want to in any of them.

Art Croft: [talking about Gil Carter] Whenever he gets low in spirits or confused in his mind, he doesn't feel right until he's had a fight. It doesn't matter whether he wins or not. He feels fine again afterwards.

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The early versions of the script included the suicide of "Gerald Tetley" and that the film was to end with the reappearance of "Rose Mapen" and her husband in the saloon rather than with "Gil" and "Art" leaving to take the letter to "Martin's" wife. The contents of Martin's letter are not revealed in the book, but director William A. Wellman thought that it was important to make them explicit and had Lamar Trotti compose the letter.
A very unusual film for its time in that it features an Afro-American character as one of the main voices of conscience.
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.
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