The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)


obi“God better have mercy on you. You won’t get any from me.” – Sheriff

Number of Times Seen – 2 (DVD and 8 May 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A posse goes looking for a murderer and debate whether to take the law into their own hands

My Take on it – I accidentally came across this movie a few years ago and couldn’t believe how good it was. It’s based on a novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark.

I was surprised at the fact that some of the cats would go on to be well known stars. Henry Fonda was already popular at the time, but Harry Morgan (of MASH fame), Dana Andrews and Anthony Quinn were not so well known then.

I found this movie to have similarities to 12 Angry Men (1957) (besides the Fonda aspect) since it shows us how a group of men argue amongst each other in order to decide how to carry out the law.  The story shows many men from similar backgrounds with different reasons for trying to justify what they do and why.

This movie was relatively short (only 75 minutes), but those 75 min pack such a punch, it’s really worth while.

This movie also has the distinction of being among a few movies which was only nominated for Best Picture with no other nominations. It lost the Oscar to Casablanca (1942). I think it was the last time that has happened. (I could be wrong)

Bottom Line – Excellent movie about social pressures.  Very moving movie.  Go see it! Highly recommended

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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