Contraband Spain (1955)

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Contraband Spain (1955)

Robin Hood star Richard Greene plays an agent who goes to the French-Spanish border to round up some smugglers and counterfeiters after his brother is murdered. He is helped by singer Anouk Aimee, who he falls in love with.
UK
Spain
IMDb   5.3 /10
TheMovieDb    5.4 /10
RottenTomatoes
FilmAffinity   5.2 /10
Creators
Director Lawrence Huntington
Director Julio Salvador
Writer Lawrence Huntington
Information
Release Date1958-04-09
Runtime1h 22min
GenreCrime, Drama
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
AwardsAwards1 nomination
CompanyBalcázar Producciones Cinematográficas, Diadem Films
CountryUK, Spain
LanguageFrench, English, Spanish
Treasury Agent Lee Scottas Treasury Agent Lee Scott
Elena Vargasas Elena Vargas
British Agent Ricky Metcalfeas British Agent Ricky Metcalfe
José Nieto
José Nieto
Pierre, lead henchmanas Pierre, lead henchman
Alfonso Estela
Alfonso Estela
Henchmanas Henchman
Henchmanas Henchman
Antonio Almorós
Antonio Almorós
Lucien Remue, henchmanas Lucien Remue, henchman
G.H. Mulcaster
G.H. Mulcaster
Col. Inglebyas Col. Ingleby
Robert Ayres
Robert Ayres
Mr. Dean, American Embassy superioras Mr. Dean, American Embassy superior
Inspector LeGrand, of the Sureteas Inspector LeGrand, of the Surete
Bryant, manager of the Sportadromeas Bryant, manager of the Sportadrome
Philip Saville
Philip Saville
Martin Scottas Martin Scott
Arnold Bell
Arnold Bell
Preventive Officeras Preventive Officer
Mrs. Inglebyas Mrs. Ingleby
Max Brimmell
Max Brimmell
Photographeras Photographer
Alex Gallier
Alex Gallier
Head Waiteras Head Waiter
Lloyd Lamble
Lloyd Lamble
Embassy Officialas Embassy Official
Narratoras Narrator

Contraband Spain

Contraband Spain is a 1955 British-Spanish international co-production crime film written and directed by Lawrence Huntington and starring Richard Greene, Anouk Aimée and Michael Denison. Its Spanish title is Contrabando.


Synopsis

A United States Department of the Treasury agent works against smugglers on the border between Spain and France. He has a personal interest as his brother who was part of the gang was murdered by them. The gang smuggles watches into Spain and brings counterfeit American money into England that is used to buy gold that is melted down and shipped to Continental Europe.


Locations

The film features locations in Barcelona, including La Rambla in the opening images. Later, when Richard Greene follows the villains (both travelling in taxis), they get out in Plaza Real with its arcaded pavements.

The seaside town of Blanes also appears, and there is much driving to and from the French town of Urdos over the border from Girona province.


Cast

  • Richard Greene as Lee Scott
  • Anouk Aimée as Elena Vargas
  • Michael Denison as Ricky Metcalfe
  • José Nieto as Pierre
  • Robert Ayres as Mr. Dean
  • Richard Warner as Inspector LeGrand
  • John Warwick as Bryant
  • Philip Saville as Martin Scott
  • Alfonso Estela as Henchman
  • Conrado San Martín as Henchman
  • Antonio Almorós as Lucien Remue
  • G.H. Mulcaster as Colonel Ingleby

Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "a lot of action against beautiful continental backgrounds makes up for weaknesses in plot structure" ; while Allmovie called it a "fast-paced espionager."