Around the turn of the 20th century, during a harsh northern California winter, members of a ranching family are squabbling among themselves while the two oldest sons go hunting for a panther that is killing their livestock.
A boy haunted by nightmares about the night his entire family was murdered is brought up by a neighboring family in the 1880s. He falls for his lovely adoptive sister but his nasty adoptive brother and mysterious uncle want him dead.
A family saga: In a stunning mountain valley ranch setting near Aspen, complex and dangerous family dynamics play out against the backdrop of the first big snowstorm of winter and an enormous panther with seemingly mythical qualities which is killing cattle. An arrogant, pitiless son (Robert Mitchum) and a rigid pharisaic mother side against a moral eldest son and and a defeated alcoholic father while the youngest son tries to lay low, hoping against hope to persuade his family to allow him to marry a girl he has brought to visit. The girl however draws venomous condemnation and the two elder brothers set out in the midst of a violent snowstorm on a dangerous mission to kill the deadly panther.Written by
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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 »
Whenever William Wellman produced a picture, you can expect a deep and profound story with lots of dark sides to the characters and very unusual photography. This film takes place high in the mountains of the Northwest with plenty of snow and the peril of a panther stalking the livestock of farms. Robert Mitchum, (Curt Bridges) is the sort of head of the family and seems to have a clip on his shoulders towards most of his family. His father is an all the time Drunk who is completely worthless and his mother, (Buelah Bondi) Ma Bridges professes to be a Bible Reading Christian, but has a dark side and loves only Curt. If you like a story from 1954 with Veteran Classic actors, this is definitely the film for you.
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