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The Ox-Bow Incident

Posted by martinteller on May 14, 2010

Without knowing anything about this film, I figured I was in for a standard western.  What I got was a chilling tale of mob rule and miscarriage of justice.  Wellman directs with a minimum of fuss, relying mainly on a fine — often brilliant — sense of composition.  The ensemble cast leaves little room for complaint.  Henry Fonda and Harry Morgan serve as surrogates for the audience, mostly observing, wanting to interfere but unable to.  Dana Andrews also stands out… known primarily to me as a noir icon, he fits in beautifully in this noir-ish story.  The one major misstep is a romantic subplot that seems to serve little narrative or symbolic purpose.  Fortunately, it’s only a minor diversion and takes just a few minutes.  Rating: 9


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