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27 November 1954 (USA) See more »
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Human Emotion Stripped Raw!
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A family saga: In a stunning mountain valley ranch setting near Aspen, complex and dangerous family... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Curt Bridges

Teresa Wright ... Grace Bridges

Diana Lynn ... Gwen Williams

Tab Hunter ... Harold Bridges

Beulah Bondi ... Ma Bridges
Philip Tonge ... Pa Bridges

William Hopper ... Arthur Bridges

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Joe Sam (as Carl Switzer)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
 
Writing credits
A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay)

Walter Van Tilburg Clark (novel)

Produced by
Robert Fellows .... producer (uncredited)
John Wayne .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier 
 
Film Editing by
Fred MacDowell 
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Ybarra  (as Al Ybarra)
 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst  (as Ralph Hurst)
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling 
 
Makeup Department
George Bau .... makeup supervisor
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager
 
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Andrew V. McLaglen .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Joe LaBella .... property man (as Joseph La Bella)
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
 
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Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
 
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Sam Freedle .... script supervisor
 
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Also Known As:
"William A. Wellman's Track of the Cat" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
102 min
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Color (WarnerColor)
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2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:M/12 (Cinemateca Portuguesa) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (2007) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certicate #17120)

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Robert Mitchum said the snowy location scenes were the hardest he had ever filmed.See more »
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Factual errors: 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 »
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Pa Bridges:Got to keep drunk to forget I'm married to a clothes pin.See more »
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Remake of The Big Cat (1949)See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Comments by Sheila Beers, 7 September 2008
Author: Barney_Beers1947 from United States

I liked "Track of the Cat" as a "psychological western" and also thought it could be produced as a stage play. The term "painter" is the way pioneers pronounced the word "panther," as I learned in my Indiana History class. The characters in the story view the cat itself as a supernatural and eternal creature that brings evil, death, and sorrow to the innocence of the valley.

I found Joe Sam, the 100-year-old Indian portrayed by Alfalfa Switzer, interesting, mysterious, and downright spooky. Drawing on Native American wisdom and folklore, Joe Sam said the panther always came with the first snow, and he implied the panther was an evil spirit or creature that could not die. As the story progresses, the viewer develops mixed feelings about the old Indian's beliefs, as do the members of the Bridge family. Actually, there is a rational explanation for the panther's arrival in the valley: the cattle, deer, and other game had moved into the valley to search for food and water when the snowfall began. Then the panther, which preyed on such animals, followed them. The old Indian, however, expressed his belief in the panther's immortality when he claimed the "same" panther had killed his wife and daughter during a first snow many years ago.

I believe the Indian himself symbolizes the conflicts between (1) life and death (2) the eternal and the temporal, (3) the spiritual world and the physical world, and (4) superstition and rational thought. The Bridge brothers stated the old Indian had been a survivor of a battle between settlers and Indians at least 60 years earlier and that all of the Indian's grown sons had been killed in the battle. They estimated the old Indian was at least 40 when his sons died, so that he had to be over 100 years of age. The old Indian's spryness and ability to lift bodies and heavy objects lead the viewer to believe the Indian himself is eternal.

The tragic loss of the old Indian's family foreshadows the likelihood the Bridge family also will die out. Mrs. Bridge, the overly controlling mother, has run off all the marriage prospects her grown children have had, and the brothers fear their generation will not marry and have children. The last marriage prospect is the neighbor Gwen, in whom all the brothers have some interest. However, Mrs. Bridge has met her match as Gwen is determined to marry Harold. In the end, life and love triumph over death when Gwen and Harold decide to leave the ranch, get married, and move to Aspen, the symbol of civilization.

Mr. Bridge, the alcoholic father, is a sympathetic and comical character throughout the film, retrieving his whiskey bottles from assorted hiding places throughout the house. From his accent I judge him to be an Irish immigrant from a large city in the U.S. Toward the end of the film, Mrs. Bridge finally admits she had persuaded her husband to move to the isolated ranch where he had felt like a "fish out of water" and had taken to drinking. In the end she does admit to being a catalyst for the dysfunction in the family and accepts Harold's wanting to get married and leave the ranch for Aspen.

In the scene where Curt (Robert Mitchum) has the fire go out, I am reminded of "To Build a Fire" by Jack London. There is a sort of naturalism in this scene and throughout the film with its man vs. nature theme. I would recommend this film as a very different sort of western.

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