Contraband Spain
"Contraband Spain" (1956).jpg
UK theatrical poster
Directed byLawrence Huntington
Julio Salvador
Written byLawrence Huntington
Based ona story by Lawrence Huntington
Produced byErnest Gartside
StarringRichard Greene
Anouk Aimée
Michael Denison
CinematographyHarry Waxman
Edited byTom Simpson
Music byEdwin Astley
Balcázar Producciones Cinematográficas
Diadem Films
Distributed byAssociated British-Pathé (UK)
Release date
15 March 1955 (London)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Contraband Spain is a 1955 crime film written and directed by Lawrence Huntington and starring Richard Greene, Anouk Aimée and Michael Denison.[1] Its Spanish title is Contrabando.[1]


A United States Department of the Treasury agent works against smugglers on the border between Spain and France. He has a personal interest as his brother who was part of the gang was murdered by them. The gang smuggles watches into Spain and brings counterfeit American money into England that is used to buy gold that is melted down and shipped to Continental Europe.


Christopher Lee provides uncredited narration in the film.


The film features locations in Barcelona, including La Rambla in the opening images. Later, when Richard Greene follows the villains (both travelling in taxis), they get out in Plaza Real with its arcaded pavements.

The seaside town of Blanes also appears, and there is much driving to and from the French town of Urdos over the border from Girona province.[2]

Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "a lot of action against beautiful continental backgrounds makes up for weaknesses in plot structure" ;[3] while Allmovie called it a "fast-paced espionager."[4]


  1. ^ a b "Contraband - Spain". BFI. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Contraband Spain (1955)". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Contraband Spain". TV Guide.
  4. ^ "Contraband Spain (1955) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.