The Wonderful Country (1959)

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    • The Wonderful Country (1959)




      Plot Summary
      Having fled to Mexico from the U.S. many years ago for killing his father's murderer,
      Martin Brady travels to Texas to broker an arms deal for his Mexican boss,
      strongman Governor Cipriano Castro.
      Brady breaks a leg and while recuperating in Texas the gun shipment is stolen.
      Complicating matters further the wife of local army major Colton has designs on him,
      and the local Texas Ranger captain makes him a generous offer
      to come back to the states and join his outfit. After killing a man in self defense,
      Brady slips back over the border and confronts Castro who is not only unhappy that Brady
      has lost his gun shipment but is about to join forces with Colton to battle
      the local raiding Apache Indians.
      Written by Doug Sederberg

      Robert Mitchum ... Martin Brady
      Julie London ... Helen Colton
      Gary Merrill ... Maj. Stark Colton
      Albert Dekker ... Texas Ranger Capt. Rucker
      Jack Oakie ... Travis Hyte
      Charles McGraw ... Dr. Herbert J. Stovall
      Leroy 'Satchel' Paige ... Sgt. Tobe Sutton (as 'Satchel' Paige)
      Anthony Caruso ... Santiago Santos
      Mike Kellin ... Pancho Gil
      Víctor Manuel Mendoza ... Gen. Marcos Castro (as Victor Mendoza)
      Jay Novello ... Diego Casas
      John Banner ... Ben Sterner
      Max Slaten ... Ludwig 'Chico' Sterner
      Margarito Luna ... (as Marguerito Luna)
      Joe Haworth ... Stoker
      Tom Lea ... Mr. Peebles - the barber
      Chuck Roberson ... Barton
      Pedro Armendáriz ... Cipriano Castro (as Pedro Armendariz)

      Robert Parrish

      Writing Credits
      Robert Ardrey ... (screenplay)
      Tom Lea ... (novel)
      Walter Bernstein ... (uncredited)

      Chester Erskine ... producer
      Robert Mitchum ... executive producer

      Alex North

      Floyd Crosby ... (photography)
      Alex Phillips ... (photography)

      Final film of Victoria Horne.

      Tom Lea, who wrote the novel on which the movie is based,
      has a cameo as the barber who gives Robert Mitchum a shave.

      Both Henry Fonda and Gregory Peck were first approached to star,
      but turned down the role.
      When Robert Mitchum came on board, he also served as producer.

      Baseball legend Leroy 'Satchel' Paige has a cameo as a cavalry sergeant.

      Helen Colton: What a pity then, that life is what we do, and not just what we feel.

      Filming Locations
      Durango, Mexico
      San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico (streets, parroquia)
      Bavispe, Sonora, Mexico
      Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • The Wonderful Country is a 1959 Technicolor Western film based
      on Tom Lea's novel of the same name that was produced by
      Robert Mitchum's DRM Production company in Mexico.
      Mitchum stars along with Julie London.

      Baseball pitcher Satchel Paige plays a soldier in the film, and Lea has a cameo as a barber.

      Look out for Duke's 'Pals. Albert Dekker, Chuck Roberson, Pedro Armendáriz

      User Review

      Wonderful Country.....a wonderful movie
      19 March 2006 | by redk61 (United States)

      red wrote:

      I think this movie is one of the better movies I'v seen and I have seen a lot of movies in my life time.

      I really like some of the lines in the movie.
      Like close to the end of the movie. They Martin Brady and Helen Colton are sanding next to the wall of a old mission talking to each other about what they had done. Helen make's the remark that she is ashame of the feelings she has for Brady knowing that her husband is not in the ground yet. Brady replies by saying what we did may have been wrong but the feelings they have for each other are not. Helen replies to him. Is'n it a pity then that life is what we do and not what we feel. At the last part when Brady had to shoot his horse named Tears. That got to me as I had a small dog and I loved her much. I had to put her down, her name was Tears.

      Maybe I'm just a old corn ball from the pass. But some movies and the words in them get inside of me. I like that. They will always be apart of me and my life.
      Best Wishes
      London- England