THE OX-BOW INCIDENT
1942, 20th Century Fox, 75 min, USA, Dir: William A. Wellman

Henry Fonda delivers one of his best (and his personal favorite) performances in this thrilling and thought-provoking Western. When a local rancher of a small Nevada town is found murdered and robbed of his cattle, the townspeople rally up a posse on a quest for justice. Two drifters, Gil (Fonda) and Art (Harry Morgan), find themselves caught up in the angry mob, and when the majority decides to lynch the suspects without a trial, it’s up to them to intervene. Costarring Mary Beth Hughes, with Anthony Quinn, William Eythe and Jane Darwell.


YOUNG MR. LINCOLN
1939, 20th Century Fox, 100 min, USA, Dir: John Ford

Director John Ford and actor Henry Fonda’s first collaboration produced this poignant, fascinating chronicle of Abraham Lincoln’s early life. The emphasis is on the simple joys and hardships that shaped the president-to-be’s youthful years, events that molded a shy country lawyer into one of the most distinguished of American leaders. We follow Lincoln as he clerks in a general store, studies law from second-hand books and endures heartbreak as his first love, Ann Rutledge (Pauline Moore), dies a tragic, premature death. Ford culminates his story as savvy Lincoln skillfully defends two brothers (Richard Cromwell, Eddie Quillan) wrongfully accused of murder. Marjorie Weaver plays future first lady Mary Todd. With Alice Brady, Donald Meek and Ward Bond.


THE RAZOR’S EDGE
1946, 20th Century Fox, 145 min, USA, Dir: Edmund Goulding

A young man returns from World War I and searches for the meaning of life while surrounded by his unhappy and more materialistic friends. Based on the novel of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham, this was Tyrone Power's first film after his return from WWII. It was to serve as a signal to him that the head of the studio, Darryl F. Zanuck, was going to allow him to do more serious roles. The signal proved false. Also starring Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, John Payne and Anne Baxter (who won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award). THE RAZOR'S EDGE was the biggest grossing film for 20th Century Fox in 1946 and nominated for three other Oscars, including Best Picture.


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