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The Ox-Bow Incident is a 1940 Western novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, in which two drifters are drawn into a posse formed to find the murderer of a local man. Suspicion centers on three cattle rustlers who are lynched, but then found to be innocent. Image File history File links The_Ox_Bow. ... Image File history File links The_Ox_Bow. ... 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Walter Van Tilburg Clark (1909—1971) was a writer of short stories, poetry and novels, best known for his first novel, The Ox-Bow Incident. ... Lynching is violence, usually murder, conceived by its perpetrators as extra-legal execution, or used as a terrorist method of enforcing social domination. ...


The novel was adapted as a movie in 1943 directed by by William A. Wellman. The movie starred Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn, William Eythe, Harry Morgan and Jane Darwell, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. 1943 is a common year starting on Friday. ... William A. Wellman (February 29, 1896 - December 9, 1975) was a movie director. ... Fonda in the 1957 classic, 12 Angry Men. ... Dana Andrews Dana Andrews (January 1, 1909 - December 17, 1992) was an American actor. ... Mary Beth Hughes in The Great Flamarion Mary Beth Hughes (November 13, 1919 - August 27, 1995) was an American film actress. ... Anthony Quinn Anthony Quinn (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001) was an actor, painter, and writer. ... William Eythe (born April 7, 1918 in Mars, Pennsylvania; died January 26, 1957 in Los Angeles, California) was a movie actor in the 1940s. ... Harry Morgan as Colonel Sherman T. Potter Harry Morgan (born Harry Bratsburg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American television actor of Nowegian extraction. ... Jane Darwell (October 15, 1879 – August 13, 1967) was an American theater and film actress. ... The Academy Award for Best Picture is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; the awards are voted on by other people within the industry. ... Library of Congress, Jefferson building The Library of Congress is the unofficial national library of the United States. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...


The novel and the movie heavily criticize mob rule in favour of the proper workings of justice, even if it is slow-moving. As such, it is partly intended as a wartime defense of American values versus the Nazi Germany. However, by associating Nazi mob rule with the values of the Old West, it implies that Americans have the potential to succumb to mob rule too. Although this moral appealed to the critics, the film did poorly at the box office in part because moviegoers were dismayed by the downbeat ending and all it implied. Producer Darryl Zanuck reportedly wanted his name on the film but knew it would fail at the box office, so he made it on a very small budget. Ochlocracy (Greek: οχλοκρατια; Latin: ochlocratia) is government by mob or a disorganized mass of people. ... Great Basin region, typical American West The Western United States has played a significant role in history and fiction. ... Darryl Francis Zanuck (September 5, 1902 - December 22, 1979) was one of the major figures in the Hollywood studio system and the longest survivor of that system. ...


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  • Internet Movie Database entry

 
 

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