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The Ox-Bow Incident

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When I first watched it a few years ago, I was mostly noticing the tension and pacing of the movie, but on this second watch, I noticed that there are some good supporting performances in The Ox-Bow Incident. Henry Fonda’s good as usual, but there’s also Dana Andrews (You could cut the tension between his character and Frank Conroy’s Major Tetley with a knife!), Jane Darwell (She’s got some of the best lines in the movie!), John Ford’s older brother Francis as The Old Man, Anthony Quinn as The Mexican (He was such a natural actor!) and a shockingly young Henry Morgan (I mostly know him as Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H*!) They’re all so good that they make The Ox-Bow Incident one of the best ensemble films of all-time!

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And it is all told in a short time. No wasted characters or dialogue or unneeded background. No action needed. The argument of what is right is enough to keep it all dramatic and moving.

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2 hours ago, movieman1957 said:

And it is all told in a short time. No wasted characters or dialogue or unneeded background. No action needed. The argument of what is right is enough to keep it all dramatic and moving.

So true;    a lot is packed into those 75 minutes.    Director William A. Wellman did a fine job  but screenwriter Lamar Trotti deserves a lot of the credit taking a 309 page novel a creating a screenplay that resulted in a the 75 minute film without giving up much ,  if anything.

 

 

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