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Track of the Cat -- While Curt Bridges tracks down the panther that killed his brother Arthur, his family argues and bickers over whether younger brother Harold should marry a much-despised neighbor girl.


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27 November 1954 (USA) See more »
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  (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
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
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
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
Other crew
Sam Freedle .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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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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102 min
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (RCA Sound Recording)
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 »
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 »
Pa Bridges:Got to keep drunk to forget I'm married to a clothes pin.See more »


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24 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
An interesting failure, but too often better in theory than execution, 8 July 2006
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

William Wellman's long unavailable Track of the Cat finally makes it to DVD in a good but not exceptional widescreen transfer. Sadly, it proves to be one of those films better remembered than seen, failing to live up to fond memory and revealing itself to be an ambitious but largely unsuccessful experiment. William Clothier's Scope "black and white" color cinematography is largely successful, especially in the surprisingly few location scenes, but the art direction on the all-too obviously artificial studio sets makes it feel like two distinctly different movies: a stagebound pseudo Eugene O'Neill drama about a house of secrets torn apart by a long day's journey into light and an assembly of second-unit footage of Robert Mitchum adrift in a snowy landscape as his bravado and ego break down in the face of an unseen enemy (in this case a deadly "painter") and hostile elements. Unfortunately we get far more of the homestead theatrics than the tracking, and there's none of the menace and dripping dread so prevalent in the novel.

It's not exactly a bad film, and once you get past the wildly overlong and stagey opening 22 minutes it picks up steam, but it's hard to shake the feeling of a missed opportunity here. Mitchum, Tab Hunter and Teresa Wright all offer good performances, but Val Lewton or Charles Laughton could have made so much more of it.

The extras package on Paramount's R1 DVD is good, although there's surprisingly little about the actual making of the film aside from the excellent audio commentary and the theatrical trailer advertised on the sleeve is nowhere to be found on the disc itself.

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