Contraband Spain (1955)

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Contraband Spain: Directed by Lawrence Huntington, Julio Salvador. With Richard Greene, Anouk Aimée, Michael Denison, José Nieto. 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.

“From the trough in British film making post WW2, comes this thrill-less British thriller with suit wearing uperclass heroes (Greene is supposed to be American so he says u0026quot;All this is a bit of malarkeyu0026quot; in his RADA accent) tracking down murderous counterfeiter gangsters who have a line in buying Euro gold with fake US Dollars.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOpens with them stealing watches in Burgos and offing Greeneu0026#39;s gang member brother. The leads standing round in drab studio interiors are butted onto Barcelona and Dover location shooting with doubles which is just as boring. Most of the action occurs off screen till we get to a tame final punch up with Nieto in the shipu0026#39;s hold.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe only class element is Anouku0026#39;s performance as a French chantoosie involved with the dead brother. Once again (Simone Signoret in AGAINST THE WIND, Marcel Dalio and Simone Simone in TEMPTATION HARBOR) the continentals steal the picture.”

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