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Holiday in Spain (1960)

Scent of Mystery (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Mystery | 6 January 1960 (USA)
Vacationing Englishman Oliver Larker stumbles upon a plot to kill a young American tourist in Spain.


Jack Cardiff


Kelley Roos (story), William Roos




Cast overview:
Denholm Elliott ... Oliver Larker
Peter Lorre ... Smiley
Beverly Bentley 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


Vacationing Englishman Oliver Larker stumbles upon a plot to kill a young American tourist in Spain.

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First they moved (1895)! Then they talked (1927)! Now they smell! See more »


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Did You Know?


A similar "smell" system was developed around the same time called AromaRama. That system released scents into the whole theater at once, instead of individual tubes to the seats as with Smell-O-Vision. It was used for the Italian documentary La muraglia cinese (1958). See more »


Very little in this film makes sense (possibly because the version that currently exists was reconstructed from incomplete elements). Regardless, not even the central plot point is clear: who hired the impostor? If Tommy's wife knew Tommy's half-sister, why would she have someone impersonate the half-sister if she planned to kill the real one? Even if there was a reason, why would the wife's accomplices repeatedly attempt to kill someone who was merely trying to protect the impostor? Why not just allow them to waste their time "protecting" the impostor until the real deed was done? Alternatively, if Tommy hired the impostor to fool his wife, he would have had to know about the murder plot and chose to put an innocent woman's life at risk rather than alert the police (especially after the disappearance of the bellboy). See more »


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 »


Referenced in In Bad Taste (2000) See more »


Music by Jordan Ramin
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Vocals by Eddie Fisher
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User Reviews

Really fun gimmick
1 June 2000 | by LarryCineramaSee all my reviews

I saw this movie with the smells. Since the smells in many cases served as clues, it would be confusing without them. The machine that generated the smells was located in the lobby for examination by theater goers. The smells were introduced to the theater using a compressed air system and after a few examples, the audience recognized the noise (which was minimal) and commented to each other "Here comes another one" All in all not really a very good movie but a fun experience. I don't really see how this could ever have been anything more than an experiment.

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Release Date:

6 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Holiday in Spain See more »

Filming Locations:

Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs


| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.59 : 1
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