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“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.”

The Ox-Bow Incident, dir. William Wellman, 1943

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‘The Ox-Bow Incident’, (1942), Cert. PG, Dir. William A. Wellman, 3/5 stars

Westerns produced after the 1960s tend to be anti-romantic towards a traditionally romantic genre. However, it’s almost incomprehensible to think that a western produced as early as the 1940’s, when the genre was considered as little more than entertainment, could not only attack the western genre but society in general.

Starring the great Henry Fonda, the unfortunately titled Ox-Box Incident opens with two drifters riding into town. News comes in that a local farmer has been killed and his cattle stolen. An illegal posse is raised and the drifters join in a wild drunken ride through the night that results in the capture of three men. The men deny the crime but the majority of their captors are baying for blood with little consideration for the law, led by such authority figures as an army officer and the deputy sheriff. Only a small outraged minority, including the drifters, a preacher and a storekeeper, stand up for the prisoner’s rights.

The film presents traditional, usually rousing western imagery and plotlines such as posses and quests for justice in such a bleak, pessimistic manner in order to create a simple but powerful and emotional morality tale. The performances are passionate, the characters are fully explored without your usual western stereotyping and the film succeeds in rousing your anger at the injustice presented. A grand feat for a western when they were presented as fun-filled celebrations of American history, this film also serves as a foreshadowing of the paranoia of the McCarthy era.  

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”

omg I just finished The Ox-Bow Incident.

WHY WASN’T I ALERTED THAT THIS WAS A LIFE-RUINING FILM

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

I-
I just-

SOMEONE HOLD ME.

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