The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident

William Wellman (1943)

PG Certificate
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Our Score
This celebrated indictment of lynching remains a brave and unorthodox piece of film-making, based on the novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark and pushed through the studio system by director William A Wellman as a personal project. It is a western only in setting (the exteriors are largely created on studio sound stages) and its grim tale lacks any heroes - Henry Fonda and Henry "Harry" Morgan are passing cattlemen who observe rather than intervene. The lynch mob mentality is tellingly explored but the letter so beautifully read out by Fonda is far too literate and philosophical to be the last testament of a humble cowboy.


Cowboys intervene in a bid to prevent the lynching of three men accused of murdering a rancher and stealing his cattle. Western drama, starring Henry Fonda, Henry Morgan and Anthony Quinn.

Cast & Crew

Actor Henry Fonda
Actor Henry Morgan
Actor Anthony Quinn
Actor Dana Andrews
Actor Mary Beth Hughes
Director William Wellman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray