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It Takes a Thief (1960)

The Challenge (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | February 1961 (USA)
A gang leader dumps her criminal boyfriend when he is convicted of robbery, but he recovers the stolen loot once he's released. In retaliation, the gang kidnaps his son and demands the money as ransom.

Director:

John Gilling

Writers:

John Gilling (original story), John Gilling (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jayne Mansfield ... Billy
Anthony Quayle ... Jim
Carl Möhner ... Kristy
Peter Reynolds ... Buddy
John Bennett ... Spider
Barbara Mullen ... Ma Piper
Peter Pike Peter Pike ... 'Joey' / Joey
Robert Brown ... Bob Crowther
Dermot Walsh ... Detective Sergeant Willis
Edward Judd ... Detective Sergeant Gittens
John Stratton ... Rick
Patrick Holt ... Max
Lorraine Clewes Lorraine Clewes ... Mrs. Rick
Percy Herbert ... Shop Steward
Liane Marelli Liane Marelli ... Striptease Artiste
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Storyline

Billie and Kristy lead a gang of armed robbers who steal from banks, armoured cars, and the like. When Billie's lover, Jim, gets caught by the police after stashing a large amount of money, they wait for him to get out of jail. He does and has to deal with both the police and his ex-gang as they both need him to get what they want. Things become more complicated when Kristy kidnaps Jim's son and threatens to kill him if Jim doesn't come up with the buried loot. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Takes a Thief See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alexandra See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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British singer Joan Small provided Jayne Mansfield's singing voice. See more »


Soundtracks

The Challenge
Lyrics by Robert Halfin
Music by Bill McGuffie (as William McGuffie)
Performed by Jayne Mansfield (dubbed by Joan Small) (uncredited)
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Very acceptable crime film
10 September 2016 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

One of the better London-based crime films of the 1950s/1960s to appear on the Talking Pictures channel. It was interesting to see Anthony Quayle as something of an underdog, and I always puzzle about Edward Judd's transformation as an actor. In "The Challenge", he looks a bit seedy, not helped by unflattering baldness, whereas after some 50 years I can still recall his screen presence in some TV series or other - helped by a toupee, a bit of burliness and a smart suit.

I have a feeling that, as with so many films, the regional railway stock and the London terminus didn't match. (And even in those days did drivers really leave ignition keys in their cars?) Despite what others have said, I thought that Jayne Mansfield was adequate, though I fast-forwarded through her song.

The poster for the film shown here on IMDb titillates misleadingly. I'm not sure who the cavorting lady is - Billy before she went blonde or the stripper whose act we never got to see completely?


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