Track of the Cat (1954)

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A family saga: In a stunning mountain valley ranch setting near Aspen, complex and dangerous family dynamics play out against the backdrop of the first big snowstorm of winter and an ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Curt Bridges
Grace Bridges
Gwen Williams
Harold Bridges
Ma Bridges
Philip Tonge ...
Pa Bridges
Arthur Bridges
Joe Sam (as Carl Switzer)


A family saga: In a stunning mountain valley ranch setting near Aspen, complex and dangerous family dynamics play out against the backdrop of the first big snowstorm of winter and an enormous panther with seemingly mythical qualities which is killing cattle. An arrogant, pitiless son (Robert Mitchum) and a rigid pharisaic mother side against a moral eldest son and and a defeated alcoholic father while the youngest son tries to lay low, hoping against hope to persuade his family to allow him to marry a girl he has brought to visit. The girl however draws venomous condemnation and the two elder brothers set out in the midst of a violent snowstorm on a dangerous mission to kill the deadly panther. Written by Jasha

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27 November 1954 (USA)  »

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William A. Wellman's Track of the Cat  »

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William A. Wellman had always intended to direct what he described as a black and white movie in color. See more »


They say the story takes place in Aspen Colorado but when they talk about the local area they are speaking of Pyramid lake ,the Fremont expedition and Placerville witch all of them are in California. See more »


Pa Bridges: Got to keep drunk to forget I'm married to a clothes pin.
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Remake of Studio One in Hollywood: Track of the Cat (1951) See more »

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This family don't much like each other...
16 May 2007 | by (the Pacific Northwest) – See all my reviews

I've just seen "Track of the Cat" (1954) on TCM. Beulah Bondi plays Ma Bridges. Robert Mitchum is Curt. Hedda Hopper's's little boy William is Arthur. The sister, Grace, who hates Curt, is played by Teresa Wright. Gwen is portrayed by Diana Lynn. Philip Tonge is Pa. Carl Switzer is the hired-hand.

Curt is an arrogant bully who pushes the rest of the family verbally and physically. Grace hates it that nobody stands up to him. Tab Hunter is Harold the youngest who's afraid to stand firm. He wants to marry Gwen but everybody, except brother Arthur, is against it. They don't like her. Arthur is the family peacemaker. Ma Bridges most definitely isn't sweet or kind, bitter fits. And Pa is a drunk and a womanizer. And there's the Indian hired-hand, Joe Sam, who's superstitious to a fault. Then we have the killer panther that brings sorrow to the family.

The panther causes the ranch problems by killing cattle. That sends Curt and Arthur out after it. Arthur is killed by the cat. Curt goes on his own to stop the animal.

Now the family is in turmoil (and always has been) and the bickering gets worse. What happens next? Does Curt make it back? How about Harold? Does he learn to stand firm where his family is concerned?

I enjoy good westerns and Wild Bill Wellman directed this one. It's different and it's good. Give it a try!

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