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The Wonderful Country (1959)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 1 October 1959 (USA)
A honorable drifter constantly on the run finds his enemies closing in around him.

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

Robert Ardrey (screenplay), Tom Lea (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Max Slaten ... Ludwig 'Chico' Sterner
Margarito Luna Margarito Luna ... (as Marguerito Luna)
Joe Haworth Joe Haworth ... Stoker
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Storyline

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 <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Sun-Burned and Gun-Burned...Like the Violent Land He Rode! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heiße Grenze See more »

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Production Co:

D.R.M. Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The first street scene and the leg-setting scene deal with a broken left leg, but the next scene shows a broken and bandaged right leg. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Gen. Marcos Castro: What happened to the guns?
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Featured in The Intelligence Men (1965) See more »

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El Desterrado (The Banished)
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Written by Jorge Negrete
Performed by Joel Valenz
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No Place To Call Home
24 November 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Wonderful Country finds Robert Mitchum as a gunslinger, a pistolero working for the local Mexican governor Pedro Armendariz. He had to flee Texas years ago after a shooting and Armendariz gave him shelter and work.

Despite that Mitchum is sent across the border on a gun buying trip. Unfortunately he takes a bad fall from a horse and winds up with a broken leg. While on the mend in that bordertown and after, Mitchum finds himself in a series of situations that call him to question what he's been doing and just where he can call home.

One of those situations is Julie London, wife of army major Gary Merrill who's got a bit of a past herself. She throws quite a few complications in Mitchum's past.

The Wonderful Country is a nicely put together western shot on location in Durango. It was one of the first westerns to use that town in Mexico, a whole lot more in the sixties would follow.

Besides those already mentioned the performances to watch for in this film are those of Charles McGraw as the frontier doctor and that of Satchel Paige as the cavalry sergeant. A year later John Ford would come out with Sergeant Rutledge about a black cavalry sergeant and the men around him, but I do believe that baseball immortal Satchel Paige was the first in Hollywood to portray a black cavalry man in a major motion picture.

McGraw is something else. He's the doctor who tends to Mitchum's broken leg and befriends him, but then gets one big pang of jealousy about Julie London that leads to tragedy. In real life McGraw was as much the hellraiser as he is in the film.

The Wonderful Country had the good fortune to be partially scripted by Tom Lea so his vision of the characters in his own novel remained pretty much intact. This was the only one of two novels by that writer/artist to be filmed.

That's as good a reason as any to see a very fine western.


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