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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
 
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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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Track Of The Cat, Sting In The Tale., 12 February 2009
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

We are up in the snowy mountains near Aspen, we are in the company of the brooding and feuding Bridges family. Their inner fighting is not the only thing blighting their lives, a panther is on the loose and as it kills all in its way, it becomes evident that it's also symbolising something deep and foreboding.

Track Of The Cat is directed by the highly accomplished William A Wellman and adapted by A.I. Bezzerides from the novel written by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. Hauntingly eerie and dripping with a sense of unease, it's however more triumphant as a technical piece than it is a story driven one. Wellman had long wanted to make a colour film while only working from a black and white palette, he does it here and in my humble opinion the result is gorgeous. With William H. Clothier's CinemaScope cinematography brilliantly bringing the Mount Rainier location to life {the only way to watch this is in widescreen}. All they needed was snowy weather, and they got it, and then some! With an interesting point of reference to the weather being that lead man Robert Mitchum {Curt Bridges} stated it was the hardest shoot he ever worked on. Some scenes are truly magnificent, atmosphere drips across the sparse snowy ground, with dark trees seemingly waiting to attack the small framed actors, a burial sequence viewed from the POV of the dead is sumptuous, in short the picture looks gorgeous, but what of its core story and acting heart?

Frankly the story is guilty of being over talky, whilst we marvel at the surrounds and buy into the sense of dread that hovers throughout, we are subjected to what can only be described as over written waffle. I actually wish I had read the novel prior to viewing it now. The extension of talk would have been easily forgivable if the pay off via the panther itself was impacting, but sadly we are robbed of a crescendo ending, something Wellman would later say was an error of judgement {he is rumoured to have disowned the film at one point}. Of the cast, Mitchum is good, moody and bully like, watch as he baits Diana Lynn {poor} as Gwen Williams, while William Hopper puts in a fine turn as Arthur Bridges. Of the rest, well they are solid enough, tho Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer as a very aged portentous Indian raises an unintentional laugh. After plodding around like a decrepit old crippled specimen throughout the picture, he suddenly turns into an Olympic 100 meters champion at the film's finale! Yes it's safe to say that Track Of The Cat is a very odd picture indeed. 6/10

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