DirectorJohn Gilling Music directorBill McGuffie Duration CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date17 May 1960 (London) (UK) Initial releaseMay 17, 1960 (United Kingdom) CastJayne Mansfield (Billy), Anthony Quayle (Jim), Carl Möhner (Kristy), Peter Reynolds (Buddy), Barbara Mullen (Ma Piper), Robert Brown (Bob Crowther) Similar moviesDiamonds Are Forever, The Square, Southland Tales, Man of Tai Chi, Lost in Beijing, Prime Cut
The challenge aka it takes a thief directed by john gilling
The Challenge, released as It Takes a Thief in the United States, is a 1960 British neo noir crime film directed by John Gilling and starring Jayne Mansfield and Anthony Quayle.
Mansfield plays Billy, a ruthless gang leader who dumps gang member Maxton when he is convicted of robbery. Maxton serves his time, then recovers the stolen loot when he's released. Billy and her gang then kidnap Maxton's son and demand money as ransom.
Jayne Mansfield ... Billy
Anthony Quayle ... Jim
Carl Möhner ... Kristy
Peter Reynolds ... Buddy
Barbara Mullen ... Ma Piper
Robert Brown ... Bob Crowther
Dermot Walsh ... Detective Sergeant Willis
Patrick Holt ... Max
Edward Judd ... Detective Sergeant Gittens
John Bennett ... Spider
Lorraine Clewes ... Mrs. Rick
Percy Herbert ... Shop Steward
John Stratton ... Rick
Liane Marelli ... Striptease Artiste
Bill McGuffie ... Nightclub Pianist
Peter Pike ... Joey
TV Guide wrote, "most of the actors, with the exception of Quayle, are pretty stiff, and the story is hardly inspired."
Sky Movies noted, "filled with such familiar leading men of British 'B' features as Peter Reynolds, Edward Judd, Dermot Walsh and Patrick Holt. Some of the best moments, though, are provided by Hollywood's Jayne Mansfield as the criminal mastermind, demure in black wig and horn-rimmed glasses as she does her 'firm's' books by day, but slinking around in sequins by night with a smile and a song."