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The Wonderful Country (1959)

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

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1959 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Heiße Grenze See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

D.R.M. Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and places depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons or places is purely unintentional. See more »

Quotes

Texas Ranger Capt. Rucker: Mrs. Colton, you look as pretty as a picture.
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Connections

Featured in The Intelligence Men (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Where Did You Get That Hat?
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph J. Sullivan
Performed by Judith Marsh
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Surprisingly solid western with Mitchum and London
8 November 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Mitchum is an assassin in the employ of Mexican mafia/government, and London is the wife of an American major. He becomes involved in Mexican civil disputes and decides to extricate himself too late.

The script brings the characters to life and reveals themes of self-loathing battling the ego in an extraordinary but low-key manner. The character performances are all convincing with the exception of a slight case of oversincerity on London's part. Gorgeous location filming in the deserts and in a Mexican town shot from a hilltop. The action scenes are pretty routine, but they and pretty much everything else is handled in a fairly realistic style, which adds greatly to the film's appeal.


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