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Track of the Cat
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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

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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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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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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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A Slow Moving Lion in Winter, 15 September 2007
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Robert Mitchum (as Curt) stars as bullying, titular head of the arguing Bridges family, electing himself over both parents, and brothers Tab Hunter (as Hal) and William Hopper (as Arthur). In the dead of winter, the family is threatened by a marauding mountain lion; the animal must be destroyed before it eats the Bridges family. Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer (as "Chief" Joe Sam) is the Bridges' ranchhand; the mountain lion killed his entire family some years ago.

This is an exceedingly slow-moving and pretentiously written "psychological drama". The direction (William A. Wellman ) and photography (William H. Clothier) might be its most interesting feature. The Bridges' home is decorated in blacks and whites, but shot in color; this highlights the actors' complexions, and an occasional symbolic item, like Mr. Mitchum's red jacket. Due to the "black and white in color" gimmick, or in spite of it, the film looks beautiful. But nothing can MOVE the "Track of the Cat" story, making the the film merely an interesting experiment. Beulah Bondi (as Ma) and Teresa Wright (as sister Grace) might fascinate fans. Surprisingly, Tab Hunter offers the film's leading performance; emerging as the film's focus.

***** Track of the Cat (11/27/54) William A. Wellman ~ Robert Mitchum, Tab Hunter, Teresa Wright, Beulah Bondi

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