The Wonderful Country (1959)
The 1959 United Artists film "The Wonderful Country" shows Mexican silver pesos or eight reales coins.
It stars Robert Mitchum as Martin Brady and Julie London as Helen Colton.
He works for the brothers making delivers over the border to El Paso, Texas.
The coins spill out when someone opens a bag.
story of the Chihuahua mint, silver eight reales or peso coins, and gold eight escudo coins or onzas.
Martin Brady is an American in 1880 who lives in Mexico and works for two
wealthy powerful brothers, the Castros.
the Castros adopted him and raised him to be a gunfighter.
Gen. Marcos Castro sends Martin to El Paso with a load of Mexican pesos to buy rifles.
A Texas Rangers captain tells Martin that he is no longer wanted for killing the man
and offers him a job.
who is bored with the life of an Army officer's wife.
Major Colton makes an arrangement with Governor Cipriano Castro to bring his troops
into Mexico to chase Apache Indians.
General Castro is unhappy that Martin didn't deliver the rifles and send him to his brother,
Governor Castro asks Martin to kill the General, Martin refuses, leaves, followed by the
Apaches attack the ranch, resulting in a gunfight.
They lost many men in a battle with Indians, and Major Colton is seriously wounded.
Martin offers to guide the remaining troops back to the US.
They arrive at the Governor's house to find the Governor is dead and his brother the
General is now the Governor.
The new Governor orders the Americans to leave Mexico and to turn over Martin to him.
The gunman finds Martin, shoots his horse, Martin then kills him, and also has to kill his horse.
Martin lays down his guns and heads back to the US.
2. Martin Brady
Martin heads for El Paso Texas with bags of something.
3. Rifles in boxes
4. Martin watching
A local man wants to see what is in the bags Martin has brought.
5. Opening the bag
6. Silver pesos
Some kind of merchant or gaming tokens fill in for the Mexican pesos.
They have "Good for $1.00" on one side.
7. Silver pesos
A Mexican Peso (Eight Reales) from the Chihuahua Mint:
8. Mexico Eight Reales 1879 Chihuahua Mint
9. Martin meets Helen Colton
10. Martin meets Major Colton
11. Martin in bar
The bartender is played by Tom Lea, who wrote the novel.
12. Heading back to Mexico
13. Gen. Marcos Castro
14. Martin heading into the state capitol
He is going to visit the governor.
15. Diplomatic meeting
Major Colton in a dress uniform.
16. Governor Cipriano Castro
The governor offers Martin more silver pesos to eliminate his brother.
17. Riding in the Mexican desert
18. Cavalry Seargent Tobe Sutton
19. Wagon with guns after Indian attack
20. Gen. Marcos Castro
The General makes Martin an offer.
21. Dead horse
Martin leaves his horse and his guns on the ground, a vow of non-violence?
Robert Mitchum as Martin Brady
Julie London as Helen Colton
Gary Merrill as Maj. Stark Colton
Leroy 'Satchel' Paige as Sgt. Tobe Sutton
Pedro Armendáriz as Cipriano Castro
Víctor Manuel Mendoza as Gen. Marcos Castro
Writers: Robert Ardrey, Tom Lea (novel)
Production Company: D.R.M. Productions, Inc.
Filmed in Durango, Mexico