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  5.4 /10
Creators
Director Lawrence Huntington
Director Julio Salvador
Writer Lawrence Huntington
Information
Release Date1956-06-11
Runtime1h 22mins
GenreCrime, Drama
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards1 nomination.
CompanyBalcázar Producciones Cinematográficas, Diadem Films
CountryUK, Spain
LanguageEnglish, Spanish
Treasury Agent Lee Scott
Elena Vargas (as Anouk)
British Agent Ricky Metcalfe
Pierre, lead henchman
Alfonso Estela
Alfonso Estela
Henchman
Antonio Almorós
Antonio Almorós
Lucien Remue, henchman
G.H. Mulcaster
G.H. Mulcaster
Col. Ingleby
Mr. Dean, American Embassy superior
Inspector LeGrand, of the Surete
John Warwick
John Warwick
Bryant, manager of the Sportadrome
Philip Saville
Philip Saville
Martin Scott
Arnold Bell
Arnold Bell
Preventive Officer
Olive Milbourne
Olive Milbourne
Mrs. Ingleby (as Olive Milbourn)

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."