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Track of the Cat [VHS] (1954)

Robert Mitchum , Teresa Wright , William A. Wellman  |  NR |  VHS Tape
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter, Beulah Bondi
  • Directors: William A. Wellman
  • Writers: A.I. Bezzerides, Walter Van Tilburg Clark
  • Producers: John Wayne, Robert Fellows
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: May 11, 1999
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790741431
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Setting: Northern California in the 1890's. Brothers set out to capture a mountain lion destroying their cattle.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Psychological Western With Robert Mitchum November 14, 2005
Robert Mitchum helped to introduce the psychological western in the landmark film Pursued. In Track of the Cat, he continued to chart new territory for what was already a well-worn genre in 1954.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tab Hunter and Robert Mitchum Make the Movie April 29, 2007
Absolutely everyone in this movie was sensational. Everyone! Even the scary "so called" Indian Joe Sam. But Tab Hunter really held his own against the more seasoned and less handsome star - Robert Mitchum. I have watched this movie over and over for years, but when I saw it on DVD - on AMAZON, it was well worth buying this copy. The commentary is excellent and Tab so funny and charming disucssing his feelings about the director and his costars. I really enjoyed the lady who discussed how training the horse who played "Kentuck" as well as other horses trained in Hollywood. She was really good too. I keep hearing people say - "But we didn't get to see the cat!" And hearing Mr. Wellman's son say his dad sort of regretted not showing us the "black panther" was a mistake, I have to disagree. When the cat kills "Arthur" in the movie - having his reaction to knowing he was about to die and seeing the fear in his eyes and not seeing the cat was perfect! I like not seeing the cat, it makes me wonder really how big was this cat really. I like the old saying - less is more - it really gives us an impression the way the old films did. They gave us more imagination. This is lost in today's movie making. I sure would suggest you buy this movie, it's well worth it and Tab Hunter is great in everything he does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Uncle Watched it 3X in Two Snowbound Days! February 18, 2014
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My Uncle Ken (a trapper) who lives in the outback of South Dakota asked me to find this film for him. The only place I could find it was here. I received it in 2 days and immediately sent it to Ken who was not only surprised that I could find it, but that he got it so fast. With the heavy snows this winter, he tends his traps in the days and snuggles down in the evenings. He loved the movie--same as he remembered from 55 years ago at the movie house! On his first two days warming by the fire he watched it 3X in a row! Yes there are people who still live like this....hey, he's got electricity, running water, an indoor toilet (in addition to the old "pit" in out back), and a DVD player---What else could anyone want? LOL! 5
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4.0 out of 5 stars WELLMAN'S (NORTH)WESTERN A GUILTY PLEASURE January 12, 2014
This is a Guilty Pleasure to be sure, but there you have it. Live with it. Wellman's long career invites comparison with those of two of his cohorts, the slightly senior Allan Dwan and the slightly junior Delmer Daves. All three excelled in a bewildering variety of genres, all three enjoyed lengthy careers, and all three bestowed upon us many Guilty Pleasures. They are remembered today for all the wrong reasons, and all the wrong films.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROBERT MITCHUM
this film has some real good filming locations in it some are fake but most of it in the sierra Nevada the horse the black now that is a god looking horse its a good movie except... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robertd5150
4.0 out of 5 stars Great drama in this story.
I liked this story, since I read the novel when I was in Junior high. Robert Mitchum is an under rated actor.
Published 5 months ago by Roger
5.0 out of 5 stars Track Of The Cat cd!
Very good movie! Saw it years ago and had always wanted a copy! Robert Mitchum at his best as usual!Would reccomend thid movy to anyone who loves adventure and drama!
Published 6 months ago by Ronald W. Mayhew
4.0 out of 5 stars My husband loves it
Saw this movie on TV and my husband had to have it. Not one that is on TV very often
Published 10 months ago by cav docs lady
2.0 out of 5 stars give this one a miss - so not worth the purchase price
DVD arrived with the clamshell packaging broken due to faulty packaging by Amazon's Fulfilment Center (not sure how you can ever justify sending a DVD sandwiched in between 10+... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tiddly TT Winks
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Robert Mitchum movie
This is a great drama/western movie starring, Robert Mitchum. This movie also stars: Teresa Wright, Diana Lynn, Tab Hunter, William Hopper, plus others! Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by Rick Lane
3.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for the memories
This movie was filmed at Mt. Rainier and my father played an extra when the lead actor didn't want to 'trek' thru the snow for a long distance camera shot. Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by Margaret I. O'Malley
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark western
This is not your typical western, it more a character study than an action thriller but the the cast is good and deliver solid performances throughout, even Tab Hunter.
Published on June 13, 2010 by J. Carey
5.0 out of 5 stars Trk of Cat
While I love to watch old movies, I hadn't seen "Track of the Cat" until recently. I enjoyed it and wanted to purchase it to have on hand. Read more
Published on February 20, 2010 by NwEnglnd Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie, with mitchum!
I'm a Bob Mitchum fan, and this film is another great performance, with a great cast including Tab Hunter. Gorgeous cinemtography, with striking use of color. Read more
Published on August 26, 2008 by Dark Vince
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