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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

Taglines:

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

The mystery woman is listed in the initial end credits (of principle actors only, each displayed individually, not as a list) as played by Liz Molytar, the last name being an anagram of Taylor, plus the letter M (for mystery?). The character, who appears only in the final seconds of the film, is recognizably Liz Taylor, but without a speaking part. 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

Referenced in What's My Line?: Peter Lorre (2) (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

SCENT OF MYSTERY
Music by Jordan Ramin
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Vocals by Eddie Fisher
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this was the only film ever shot in smell-o-vision
29 September 1998 | by againsamSee all my reviews

There was a race to get smells into films at this time. It was won by the Walter Reade organisation in late 1959 with a documentary called "Behind The Great Wall", which added smells after the film was completed, in a process called aromarama. "scent of Mystery" was produced by Mike Todd Jr. in 70mm, with the smells to be used as clues to the mystery. It was a lighthearted romp, beautifully shot in Spain, with Elizabeth Taylor as a guest star. It has never been revived, or put out on video.


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