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The Scent of Fear 

Aboard a BOAC plane departing an unnamed Iron Curtain country, a stowaway has convinced an air hostess to conceal him so he may defect on arrival in London. However, a high ranking secret ... See full summary »

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... Colonel Kralik
Lorenza Colville ... Eva Kralik
Frederick Schiller ... Neumann
Alexis Chesnakov ... Pechka
Neil McCallum ... Karl Schling
... Joan Bridey
... Tom Brook
Barrie Cookson ... Harry Mylner
Jack Stewart ... Dusty Fraser
... Peggy Court
... Sten
Wolfe Morris ... Mueller
David Ritch ... Brandt
... 1st Policeman
Jan Conrad ... 2nd Policeman
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Aboard a BOAC plane departing an unnamed Iron Curtain country, a stowaway has convinced an air hostess to conceal him so he may defect on arrival in London. However, a high ranking secret police officer posing as a passenger, tells her the man she's protecting isn't wanted for his politics, but that he's a murderer. Written by WesternOne

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13 September 1959 (UK)  »

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End credits explanation: "This play was inspired by the story 'Stowaway' by former air hostess Mary Higgins Clark, and edited by Jerrard Tickell. The characters are fictitious." See more »

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Good political thriller
17 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

The Scent of Fear is set on an aircraft travelling from the Soviet Union to the UK. A man who is being hunted by the authorities stows away on the plane and convinces a stewardess to let him remain undetected on the flight. During the journey suspicions are raised, a situation made dangerous by the presence of some senior Soviet police personnel.

The subject was very politically relevant for the time, seeing as 1959 was the midst of the cold war. Its TV drama origins ensure that it is a dialogue-driven piece with little action. That said, it is quite tense at times and does operate as an effective political thriller. The characterisation is often stereotypical – especially in the cases of the male flight crew – but the two main leads, Dorothy Tutin (stewardess) and Anthony Quayle (Soviet colonel), are good in their roles and drive the drama. The resolution of the play ends with a surprise twist which I felt was unnecessarily convoluted and unrealistic. It was surprising at the very least but not especially well conceived. The style of the play in general is pretty naturalistic and the camera-work fairly fluid and makes the most of the basic aeroplane set that the story is almost wholly set in. Overall, this is a very worthwhile TV drama which makes the most of its limitations.


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