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Track of the Cat (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 19 November 1954 (USA)
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.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay), Walter Van Tilburg Clark (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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Storyline

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 Jasha

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Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William A. Wellman's Track of the Cat See more »

Filming Locations:

White Mountains, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~10 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~9 seconds. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Pa Bridges: Got to keep drunk to forget I'm married to a clothes pin.
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Remake of Studio One in Hollywood: Track of the Cat (1951) See more »

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Great Classic Wellman Film
10 June 2006 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

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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