Track of the Cat (Special Collector's Editon)
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Track of The Cat, set on Mount Ranier, features Mitchum as the forceful head of a very disfunctional family in the waning days of the 1800's. Mitchum is the middle child, but runs roughshod over his gentle older brother, played by William Hopper (Paul Drake of TV's Perry Mason), and his younger, unconfidant brother, played by 50's heartthrob Tab Hunter. The rest of the family is a spinsterish sister, played by Teresa Wright, (who was in Pursued with Mitchum), and overbearing mother and alcoholic father, played by Beulah Bondi and Philip Tonge.
When a mountain lion begins to attach their cattle, Mitchum and Hooper start out on a lion hunt. Back home, Hunter is trying to navigate an uneasy visit by his girfriend, who is welcomed by half the family and disliked by the other half. Much drama and tragedy ensues.
The predominant use of black and white by director William Wellman is very effective, but it would have been wasted without such a great cast. Everyone is excellent, particularly Mitchum, Bondi, and Tonge, who played comic relief with great effect.
This is a great film long overdue on DVD.
How true might such be to real life? One wonders and I suppose in getting us to ponder life the director has achieved his aim.
Was the movie entertaining, not altogether yet Tab Hunter was perfectly adequate in his role and revealed a physique both athletic and easy on the eye. Mitchum's role was tough, he was tough, everything the author could have been looking for. The cast was splendid, dear old Dad, a drunkard but a pleasant drunk, he may have been the only one able to laugh at life, after all he kept a steady supply of booze on hand, that can help.
Wellman delivered solid Warners gangster pictures, aviation epics that have worn far better than those of Hawks, and offbeat Westerns that were surprisingly progressive for their era. Too, there is Miss Stanwyck's ecdysiast film which is actually a murder mystery and the sadly neglected and underrated THE GREAT MAN'S LADY which is one of the choicest Stanwyck-McCrea pairings. It is a Guilty Pleasure, no less than WESTWARD THE WOMEN which is--you guessed it--a protofeminist Western.
1954 was a busy year for Wellman, nearing retirement, and his energy entering into his seventh decade is prodigal: THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY and ISLAND IN THE SKY, both John Wayne aviation suspensers; this TRACK OF THE CAT is Wellman's second, and better, adaptation from Walter Van Tilburg Clark. The second unit was dispatched to Mt. Rainier to shoot muted-color snowscapes (the Sierra Nevada were not foreboding enough) and back in Burbank Wellman assembled a splendid ensemble cast. Mitchum, always watchable, is teamed again with the great Teresa Wright, Beulah Bondi reliably does her cranky matriarch thing yet again, William Hopper girds his loins for Nick Ray and REBEL, and even Diana Lynn and Tab Hunter register in fairly thankless roles.Read more ›
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You need to be a William A Wellman buff to appreciate his movies.Published 2 months ago by T. Richard Clark
I guess you gotta like oddball movies, or at least the way they are filmed. This one is filmed like in a strange sepia tone during parts of it but it is neat for that. Read morePublished 5 months ago by msinc
Although I enjoyed this flick I don't think it was one of Mitchum's bestPublished 7 months ago by Mike C.
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