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The Challenge (1960 film)

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Genre  Crime, Drama, Thriller
Screenplay  John Gilling
Writer  John Gilling
Language  English
5.8/10 IMDb

Director  John Gilling
Music director  Bill McGuffie
Duration  
Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  17 May 1960 (London) (UK)
Initial release  May 17, 1960 (United Kingdom)
Cast  Jayne Mansfield (Billy), Anthony Quayle (Jim), Carl Möhner (Kristy), Peter Reynolds (Buddy), Barbara Mullen (Ma Piper), Robert Brown (Bob Crowther)
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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.

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Plot

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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.

Cast

  • 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
  • Critical reception

  • 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."
  • References

    The Challenge (1960 film) Wikipedia
    The Challenge (1960 film) IMDbThe Challenge (1960 film) Rotten TomatoesThe Challenge (1960 film) themoviedb.org


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