Movies Wonderful Country, The (UA 1959, Robert Mitchum, Julie London) Published 8 months ago on September 13, 2018 ‘The Wonderful Country is a wonderful western,’ Variety wrote after Robert Mitchum starred in the second of two westerns for director Robert Parrish. ‘The colour photography is beautiful, the casting is accurate, the writing is tasteful and realistic and the characterisations are unusual.’ Yet the trade magazine feared for the film’s box office potential, because it was ‘moody’. Now, that moodiness is what elevates The Wonderful Country into a semi-classic, with Mitchum’s character containing several shades of Alan Ladd in Shane. Mitchum stars as Martin Brady, an American who’s been forced to live in Mexico for many years after killing the man who murdered his father. He’s working for a provincial dictator, Cipriano Castro (Pedro Armendariz), and it’s while on a gun-running mission for his boss that he crosses the Rio Grande back into America. But he breaks his leg in a Texas border town and is forced to stay there for two months. During this time he forges friendships with a Texas Ranger (Albert Dekkler), a naive immigrant, Ludwig (Max Slaten), and an army officer (Gary Merrill) and his wife (Julie London). While pondering an invitation to set up a joint US-Mexican force against the Apaches, Brady is forced to flee back to Mexico after shooting a drunken troublemaker who shot Ludwig. Back in Mexico, he finds things have changed considerably and he’s fallen out of favour with his old boss, Castro. Now a fugitive on both sides of the Rio Grande, Brady has to decide where his future lies, and with whom. Robert Mitchum is often castigated for his seemingly emotionless performances, but David Thomson defends the Night of the Hunter star passionately, calling him one of the best actors in the movies: ‘Since the Second World War,’ Thomson argues, ‘no American actor has made more first-class films, in so many different moods.’ production details USA | UA – DRM | 98 minutes | 1959 Director: Robert Parrish Producer: Chester Erskine Directors of Photography: Floyd Crosby, Alex Phillips Editor: Michael Luciano Composer: Alex North Screenwriter: Robert Ardrey Art Director: Harry Horner cast Albert Dekker as Cap. Rucker (Texas Ranger) Robert Mitchum as Martin Brady Jay Novello as Diego Casas Anthony Caruso as Santiago Santos John Banner as Ben Sterner Julie London as Helen Colton Gary Merrill as Major Colton Jack Oakie as Travis Hyle Charles McGraw as Dr. Stovall Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige as Sgt. Sutton Mike Kellin as Pancho Gill Víctor Manuel Mendoza as General Marcos Castro Albert DekkerAnthony CarusoCharles McGrawGary MerrillJack OakieJay NovelloJohn BannerJulie LondonLeroy 'Satchel' PaigeMike KellinRobert ArdreyRobert MitchumRobert ParrishTom LeaVíctor Manuel MendozaWalter BernsteinWestern Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes46 mins ago Victorian Sensations: Seeing and Believing Series Final Wed 5 Jun on BBC Four In the final episode of this series, psychotherapist Philippa Perry explores how the late Victorian passion for science co-existed with... Episodes46 mins ago The Looming Tower: The General (S1EP7 BBC-2 Fri 7 Jun 2019) The General: October 2000. John O’Neill (Jeff Daniels), anxious to chalk up a final ‘win’ in his FBI career, arrives... Episodes46 mins ago Summer Of Rockets Episode 3 airs Wed 5 Jun 2019 on BBC-2 Samuel (Toby Stephens) is tasked by Mr. Field (Mark Bonnar) to find out the names of the guests attending the... 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