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.
SPOILER (maybe)...SPOILER: you don't actually see any animals killed. I am posting this tidbit so buyers will know their children can watch it. There is an theme of alcohol drinking in excess that is part of the film.
Quick review (no spoilers)..Three brothers live together. A big cat has been attacking their cattle. While this is going on the family dynamic is a mess with a lot of tension in the house. Robert Mitchum, Teresa Wright and YES Tab Hunter all do a good job.
A very interesting film and an enjoyable take.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good quality, fast delivery. The film is an adaptation of a book by the author of The Oxbow Incident.Published 1 month ago by Robert R.
You need to be a William A Wellman buff to appreciate his movies.Published 8 months ago by T. Richard Clark
Although I enjoyed this flick I don't think it was one of Mitchum's bestPublished 13 months ago by Mike C.
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