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Scent of Mystery (1960)

A vacationing Englishman (Denholm Elliott) stumbles upon a plot to kill a young American tourist (Beverly Bentley) in Spain.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

Kelley Roos (story), William Roos
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Cast

Cast overview:
Denholm Elliott ... Oliver Larker
Peter Lorre ... Smiley
Beverly Bentley ... The Decoy Sally Kennedy
Paul Lukas ... Baron Saradin
Liam Redmond ... Johnny Gin
Leo McKern ... Tommy Kennedy
Peter Arne ... Robert Fleming
Mary Laura Wood Mary Laura Wood ... Margharita
Diana Dors ... Winifred Jordan
Judith Furse ... Miss Leonard
Maurice Marsac ... Pepi
Michael Trubshawe ... English Aviator
Juan Olaguivel Juan Olaguivel ... Truck Driver
Billie Miller Billie Miller ... Constance Walker
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Storyline

A vacationing Englishman (Denholm Elliott) stumbles upon a plot to kill a young American tourist (Beverly Bentley) in Spain.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Now Cinerama takes you on a manhunt----a suspense hunt---a thrill hunt---across an exotic world of excitement! See more »

Genres:

Mystery

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Holiday in Spain See more »

Filming Locations:

Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.59 : 1
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Trivia

Peter Sellers was suggested by Jack Cardiff for the lead role, but Mike Todd Jr on meeting him, thought that he was a most humourless man, and rejected him outright. See more »

Quotes

Oliver Larker: [narrating] I haven't been away from my flat in 9 years, and 6 mysteries. But, I suppose the creator of a private eye has to get out in public every so often. And I hate to travel - unless it's in the Commonwealth. Otherwise you meet so many foreigners, who don't even speak English. And all those beastly tourists - mostly Americans. They don't speak English either.
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Crazy Credits

There is a credit for the shoe polish brightening the cast's shoes. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the UK version of Holiday in Spain, Elizabeth Taylor is credited as Liz Rolyat, (Taylor spelled backwards). See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Polyester (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

SCENT OF MYSTERY
Music by Jordan Ramin
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Vocals by Eddie Fisher
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Very silly
29 December 2010 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

This is very silly and should not under any circumstances be taken seriously. Any attempt to not follow that advice will lead into the inevitable result of you not liking the movie at all. Actually of you dreading the movie. And it's comedy might be considered poor taste, it's acting poor too.

But it is silly and simple for a reason and it stays true to that formula til the end (even if it has hits and misses throughout). The main character with his conviction of knowing more than he actually does helps the movie a lot. Also Mr. Lorre in a role that we are not used seeing him, is great too. All in all, a crime comedy, that might not be something to really recommend ... But still funny to watch


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