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Track of the Cat
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Release Date:
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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Definitely an art film... A mood piece... See more (29 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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)
 
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Sam Freedle .... script supervisor
 
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Additional Details

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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Pa Bridges:Some thievin' female's stolen my bottle.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Big Cat (1949)See more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Definitely an art film... A mood piece..., 21 January 2009

The film deals with the stark realities of an isolated ranching family pitting itself against the forces of nature an early winter snowstorm, and the ravages of a wild panther…

Mitchum's character, Curt Bridges is on the hunt and also struggling to survive… If we meditate the way he measures it, we see how his mind begins more and more to wander and less and less able to focus… We see him more and more aware of pain and discomfort… His hope comes and diminishes and departs and then returns… So there's an unceasing sense of doom in those sequences that simply were hunting…

The brothers represent different approaches by man to nature… Curt wants to dominate nature, wishes to control it… Arthur is just the opposite… He is so gentle and understanding that he can't deal with nature… He doesn't have the hardness that Curt has… And there's Harold who was the successful one because he has enough strength to deal with harshness of nature…

The Indian is the one who believes in the cat as a myth, as a mystery and as something almost sacred… Because of the legend of the cat he has Arthur carve wooden cats out every year to avert danger…

Now this is a very sterile family… The old man only deal with life through drink and through remembering the past… The mother is a very unlikable woman… She is manipulative, and she simply wants to be heard… You don't see any love interests or connections except for the younger brother…

Fear is very much a part of "Track of the Cat." It is the foreboding, ever-present backdrop really to the drama…

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