Track of the Cat

Overview

In this experimental 1954 Western, director William Wellman uses black-and-white backgrounds with occasional splatches of color on certain characters' bodies and clothes. On a snowbound ranch in northern California, the Bridges family is trapped by winter weather and its own internal conflicts. It is run by a stern matriarch, Ma Bridges Beulah Bondi, who lords it over her weak, alcoholic husband Philip Tonge and her bitter, unmarried daughter, Grace Teresa Wright. The three sons squabble constantly. Staying at ...
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Overview

In this experimental 1954 Western, director William Wellman uses black-and-white backgrounds with occasional splatches of color on certain characters' bodies and clothes. On a snowbound ranch in northern California, the Bridges family is trapped by winter weather and its own internal conflicts. It is run by a stern matriarch, Ma Bridges Beulah Bondi, who lords it over her weak, alcoholic husband Philip Tonge and her bitter, unmarried daughter, Grace Teresa Wright. The three sons squabble constantly. Staying at the ranch is a young neighbor, Gwen Williams Diana Lynn, who is smitten with one of the sons, Harold Tab Hunter. But the arrogant Curt Robert Mitchum wants to take control of the ranch and take possession of Gwen too. During the winter, a black panther has been killing the cattle on the ranch. Curt and the third brother, the quiet Arthur William Hopper, set out to kill the panther, but when Curt leaves to get more food, the cat kills Arthur. The grief-stricken family blames Curt, who then sets out on his own to kill the beast. ~ Michael Betzold, All Movie Guide
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by William Wellman, Jr., Tab Hunter and Frank Thompson; Remembering William Wellman; A new kind of Western: the writing of Walter Van Tilburg Clark; Black diamond; Tracking the cat; Original theatrical trailer; Batjac trailer; Photo gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Whatever one feels about it, and it's a film that tends to evoke strong reactions both pro and con, there's no other film quite like Track of the Cat. Cat grew out of director William Wellman's desire to shoot a color movie but to design it in such a way that there was an almost absolute absence of color. Thus, aside from Robert Mitchum's red coat and Diana Lynn's yellow shirt and, of course, the skin tones of the cast members, just about everything else in the film is in black, white or some shade of gray. It's a stunning design decision, and it adds an unsettling, ethereal undertone to the proceedings that is remarkably effective. As captured by William H. Clothier's startling yet nuanced cinematography, it is both beautiful and disturbing. For many who prize Cat, its visual allure is more than enough to justify it. However, there are likewise many who believe that Cat's style alone is not enough, and who find the story attached to the film to be clunkily symbolic, unconvincing dramatically and quite boring, and peopled with characters who are types rather than human beings and who therefore wear out their welcome early on. This criticism is hard to argue with, and even the fine performances from Mitchum and Beulah Bondi may not be enough to convince some people to stay with Cat. Perhaps the best assessment is merely that Cat is a unique and personal film, with enormous highs and lows, and that one's response to it is likely to be equally personal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • UPC: 097368876842
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,126

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Curt Bridges
Teresa Wright Grace Bridges
Diana Lynn Gwen Williams
Tab Hunter Harold "Hal" Bridges
Beulah Bondi Ma Bridges
Philip Tonge , Pa Bridges
William Hopper Arthur Bridges
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer Joe Sam
Technical Credits
William Wellman Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
A.I. Bezzerides Screenwriter
William H. Clothier Cinematographer
Robert M. Fellows Producer
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Fred MacDowell Editor
Andrew V. McLaglen Art Director
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
John Wayne Producer
Roy Webb Score Composer
Alfred Ybarra Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Track of the Cat
1. An Early Rise [6:15]
2. If it's Black... [5:44]
3. Breakfast Banter [:40]
4. Arthur's End [6:10]
5. Readying For the Hunt [4:12]
6. Losing a Brother and Son [2:07]
7. Passing a Stormy Night [5:28]
8. Pa's Breakfast Rant [:17]
9. Too Much Woman? [5:25]
10. Scared But Not Lost [1:17]
11. Burying Arthur [4:44]
12. A Fire For Curt [3:42]
13. Mother's Confession [1:49]
14. The New Bossman [3:26]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Track of the Cat
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   Special Features
      Commentary by William Wellman, Jr., Tab Hunter and Frank Thompson
      The Making of Track of the Cat
      Batjac Trailer
      Photo Gallery
      Previews
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 2.0 Surround
      Audio Options: English 4.0 Surround
      Commentary by William Wellman, Jr., Tab Hunter and Frank Thompson
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Scene Selection
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