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Almost black and white movie
Just got done watching an interview with the director, William Wellman, who was quite a guy, go read his bio. Shot this movie as black and white, with the only color being the red jacket Mitchum is wearing, and the yellow shirt on female lead
This is a picture about women..
Although the strong male lead is Mitchum, this is really a picture about the 3 women in the household. The sadness in the daughter for a life lost living in the wilderness. The mother fallen into perpetual misery and judgement and the girl who brings life back into the family and causes the men to realize what's been lost in the desire to tame the wilderness, something that cannot be done. The focus of this film is the overbearing mother who produces 3 very different sons.
Track of the Cat
A flawed script powerfully photographed with Mitchum, and a mystic Mt. Ranier.
Beulah Bondi Saves the Film
Set in the late 1890's, a California Mountain family has more problems than just a panther or Painter as they would call it. The only person that saves her family and this film into obscurity is Beulah Bondi. She holds this film together as Robert Mitchum plays her blunt talking, egotistical son, but sort of vanishes from the film when he starts his search for the Panther. This well intent film depicts more of a family falling apart starting with the father who was intoxicated all through the film. Teresa Wright plays the daughter that is tired of everything going on with the family. Tab Hunter plays an insecure son that hardly says anything. If it wasn't for Beulah Bondi's strong performance, this movie would have been a bust.