The Ox-Bow Incident | Chicago Reader

The Ox-Bow Incident

William Wellman's arty film version of Walter Van Tilburg Clark's anti-lynching novel packed a punch for many spectators in 1943 but has subsequently been written off by many reviewers as awkward and heavy-handed. I remember it as being somewhere between those extremes, and given the unheralded power of Wellman's equally arty adaptation of Clark's Track of the Cat (1954), I would imagine that this warrants a second look. With Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Harry Morgan, and Anthony Quinn. 75 min.


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