The Ox-Bow Incident

Synopsis: Two drifters are passing through a Western town, when news comes in that a local farmer has been murdered and his cattle stolen. The townspeople, joined by the drifters, form a posse to catch the perpetrators. They find three men in possession of the cattle, and are determined to see justice done on the spot.
Genre: Drama, Western
Director(s): William A. Wellman
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporat
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
75 min

- about eight miles from his ranch.

- You see him?

No, sir, but Olsen did.

He found him laying

in a dry wash in the sun.

[ Man Continues ]

Shot right through the head.

- [ Farnley ]


- Well, about 2:

He must've

been shot a lot earlier.

They picked his horse up...

- clear over near the ranch road.

- Any cattle missing?

They couldn't tell.

There been so many working

that range down there.

- Olsen send you for us?

- No, he's in such a hurry...

he just yelled at me

to go get the sheriff.


- Rustlers?

- Looks that way.

- Who was it they got?

- Kinkaid.

Kinkaid? Farnley's buddy?

Yeah. They've been working together

ever since they were kids.

All the way from

the Panhandle toJackson's Hole.

Sure, I knew him.

Short, dark Irishman.

Didn't say very much.

Liked to sing a lot.

These fellows will go

a long way to get the guy

that killed Larry Kinkaid.


I judge.

- Got plenty of sand

but when he's mad, he's crazy!

- Wait, wait,Jeff. No rush.

Even if they have got

a five-hour start.

It's a good 500 miles

to the first border.

Besides, there may

be a bunch of'em.

It won't help Kinkaid now

to get yourself killed.

That kid, Greene, got no

idea which way they went.

Better wait till we

know what we're doing.

We're all with you about Kinkaid.

You know that.

Only, we ought to take our time

and form this posse right.

So if we go, we're sure

to get what we go after.

Okay. Make your posse.

Somebody better get

the sheriff first thing.

And Judge Tyler.

Oh, what do we want with

old Tyler and his trials.

Yeah, one good fast job

without no legal papers

and that's all there is.

Remember, this ain't

just rustling. It's murder.

Wait a minute, men.

Don't let's go off half-cocked...

and do something

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Lamar Trotti

Lamar Jefferson Trotti (October 18, 1900 – August 28, 1952) was an American screenwriter, producer, and motion picture executive. more…

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