My dear Wife, Mr. Davies will tell you what’s happening here tonight. He’s a good man and has done everything he can for me. I suppose there are some other good men here, too, only they don’t seem to realize what they’re doing. They’re the ones I feel sorry for. ‘Cause it’ll be over for me in a little while, but they’ll have to go on remembering for the rest of their lives. A man just naturally can’t take the law into his own hands and hang people without hurtin’ everybody in the world, ‘cause then he’s just not breaking one law but all laws. Law is a lot more than words you put in a book, or judges or lawyers or sheriffs you hire to carry it out. It’s everything people ever have found out about justice and what’s right and wrong. It’s the very conscience of humanity. There can’t be any such thing as civilization unless people have a conscience, because if people touch God anywhere, where is it except through their conscience? And what is anybody’s conscience except a little piece of the conscience of all men that ever lived? I guess that’s all I’ve got to say except kiss the babies for me and God bless you. Your husband, Donald.
—  From the film “The Ox-Bow Incident”

Destination: Southwest U.S.A

121. George Stevens’ Giant: Racism against Mexicans is bad, but they’ll played by white people with dirt all over their faces. I don’t understand the appeal of James Dean as an actor. He just mumbled all lines and needed subtitles.

122. William A. Wellman’s The Ox-Bow Incident: Much like Ride In The Whirlwind, it’s a great western about vigilante justice that is depressing as hell.

omg I just finished The Ox-Bow Incident.


I was told it would be sad. But not this sad.

I just-


It was SO GOOD, but I feel like I need to watch nothing but happy things for a while.


Posted for Barack Obama.

"The Ox Bow Incident" was nominated in 1943 for the Best Picture Academy Award.