Henry Fonda is an interesting actor and one I’m keen on taking a closer at starting off with a few of his better known films. I’m starting off with the western The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) which came out on Blu-ray back in 2016 released by Arrow Academy. So without further ado here’s The Ox-Bow Incident Blu-ray Review.
- The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
- Genre: Western
- Running Time: 75 Mins
- UK Rating PG
- Discs: 2
- Released By Arrow Academy
- Blu-ray Released: 4th July 2016
The year is 1885 in a town in Nevada, when a rider bursts into the saloon and announces that local cattle rancher Larry Kinkaid has been murdered. Almost immediately a posy is gathered to hunt down his killers.
The film is directed by William A. Wellman with the cinematography handled by Arthur C. Miller. Filmed in 1943 the film is obviously shot in black and white. The film only lasts 75 minutes yet much of the film takes place at a location in the hills in which the alleged murderers are found. Pacing-wise it’s a little slow going with not too much occurring. With only a couple of locations this is certainly no masterpiece in cinematography relying more on the drama of the story to keep up the interest levels.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is provided by Cyril J. Mockridge and does an decent enough job.
Acting / Characters
The acting is decent without any real outstanding performances, I like Henry Fonda and he is kind of good here in a very quiet and withdrawn role. That is to say he plays more of an onlooker’s role rather than a starring one.
- Henry Fonda as Gil Carter
- Dana Andrews as Donald Martin
- Harry Morgan as Art Croft
- Frank Conroy as Major Tetley
- Harry Davenport as Mr. Arthur Davies
- Anthony Quinn as Juan Martínez / Francisco Morez, The Mexican
- Francis Ford as Alva Hardwicke, The Old Man
Conclusion – The Ox-Bow Incident Film Review
The Ox-Bow Incident is an interesting enough film that for me never really reaches the level I maybe thought it might. The story starts of well enough but becomes slightly bogged down with too many moments where nothing is really happening relying more on developing the characters. Henry Fonda plays an interesting onlooker that only really comes to the fore in the last couple of minutes.
If you have ever seen the Clint Eastwood film Hang ‘Em High (1968) the basic story outline is borrowed from The Ox-Bow Incident only the Eastwood film has a far more western action style than the story in The Ox-Bow Incident.
With all that said I’d still say it’s worth a look and especially for fans of classic westerns.
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The Ox-Bow Incident Blu-ray Review
The film has had a 4K digital restoration and I have to say it really does look fabulous. The picture is sharp and free from any marks. It’s great to see another classic film receive this sort of attention.
On the extras front there’s a pretty good set of extras including commentaries from western experts and a documentary on actor Henry Fonda.
- Audio Commentary by American West Historian Dick Etulain & William Wellman Jr
- Introduction by Peter Stanfield
- Henry Fonda: Hollywood’s Quiet Hero
- Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible Sleeve Cover
On to my movie rating for The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
- Movie Rating: WORTH WATCHING
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: VERY GOOD
The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) is available now on Blu-ray.
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The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): William A. Wellman
Actor(s): Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Harry Morgan, Frank Conroy, Harry Davenport, Anthony Quinn, Francis Ford
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
The Ox-Bow Incident is an interesting film worth a look especially for fans of classic westerns.