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The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident is a 1943 western movie directed by William A. Wellman and starring Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn, William Eythe, Harry Morgan and Jane Darwell in an ensemble cast. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

What do you know about The Ox-Bow Incident? Try this Western Films FUN Trivia quiz.

1. The movie was adapted from the 1940 novel of the same name. Who wrote the novel?

  • Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  • Zane Grey
  • Louis L'Amoure

2. The Ox-Bow Incident takes place in Nevada in 1885 and begins with Art Croft and Gil Carter riding into the town of Bridger's Wells. They go into Darby's Saloon and find that the atmosphere is subdued, in part because of the recent incidents of cattle-rustling (the stealing of livestock) in the vicinity. Everyone wants to catch the thieves. Henry Fonda played Gil Carter. Who played Art Croft?

  • Willard Robertson
  • Henry "Harry" Morgan
  • Chris-Pin Martin

3. A man races into town on horseback, goes into the saloon and announces that a rancher named Larry Kinkaid has been murdered. The townspeople immediately form a posse to pursue the murderers, who they believe to be the cattle rustlers. Arthur Davies, who is vehemently opposed to forming the posse because of its capacity for "mob rule", also joins. Who played Arthur Davies?

  • Harry Davenport
  • Max McGee
  • Randolph Morgan

4. Later in the night, in the Ox-Bow canyon, the posse finds three men sleeping on the ground, with what are presumed to be stolen cattle nearby. The posse interrogates the men: a young, well-spoken man, Donald Martin. Who played Donald Martin?

  • Tig Andrews
  • Matt Andrews
  • Dana Andrews

5. Who plays a Mexican named Juan Martinez who claims to be unable to understand English?

  • Cheech Marin
  • Anthony Quinn
  • Carlos Quinn

6. Only seven of the group (of approximately twenty-five people), among them Davies, Gerald Tetley, Gil and Art, vote to take the men back to town alive; the rest support immediate hanging.

  • True or False?

7. After the lynching, the posse heads back towards Bridger's Wells. On the way, they meet Sheriff Risley. They tell him with pride of their actions, but the sheriff replies that Lawrence Kinkaid was not killed, is under the care of the doctor in Pike's Corner, and that the men who shot him have already been arrested. Who played Sheriff Risley?

  • Willard Robertson
  • Dale Robertson
  • Willard Scott

8. Major Tetley returns to his house and locks the door so his son cannot come in. His son yells at him through the door, telling him what he thinks of him. Major Tetley walks into another room and shoots himself.

  • True or False?

9. The last line is, "He said he wanted his wife to get this letter, didn't he? Said there was nobody to look after the kids, didn't he?" Who said the line?

  • Henry Fonda
  • Mary Beth Hughes
  • Matt Briggs

10. Who directed the film?

  • Francis Ford
  • William A. Wellman
  • Marvin Martin

 

The Ox-Bow Incident
[Answers]

  1. Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  2. Henry "Harry" Morgan
  3. Harry Davenport
  4. Dana Andrews
  5. Anthony Quinn
  6. True
  7. Willard Robertson
  8. True
  9. Henry Fonda
  10. William A. Wellman

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