I am watching The Oxbow Incident on Turner Classic Movies. This is my first time watching it. What a great movie!
Three innocent men are about to be lynched. One, a Mexican played by Anthony Quinn, asks for a priest to go to confession. There is no priest and the Mexican asks a Mexican layman to hear his confession and take it to a priest. The three innocent men are lynched.
Is the Mexican’s confession valid?
Kosher or not?
But what a great movie, what I would call a Catholic movie for its moral vision. In the midst of the lynching 7 men of the many in the mob decide not to do the lynching out of a kind of vote demanded by the corrupt leader of the mob. (Do these seven represent the 7 Cardinal Virtues????)
But they aren't enough to thwart the plans to lynch these innocent men so convinced they are of their guilt.
After the lynching and their return home, they learn that the three were indeed innocent.
Then there is a great conclusion to the movie with a discussion of conscience and doing what is right. This was in 1943 and in a western. It is suburb movie, with great acting and well worth watching. It would be a great movie for young Catholic adults to discuss.
The acting or the directing of the actors is phenomenal. There are many humorous moments in the movie and most of these are from the facial expressions of the actors and the use of their bodies.
The actual facial expressions say so much.
The props for the movie are cheap but make it appear as a play on a stage which emphasizes the acting not the locations and makes the movie a bit surreal.