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The Challenge (1938)

Approved | | Adventure, History, Romance | September 1939 (USA)
Dramatization of the first climbing of the Matterhorn in 1865.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Douglas ...
Frank Birch ...
Rev. Charles Hudson
Geoffrey Wardwell ...
Lord Francis Douglas
Moran Caplat ...
Hadow
Lyonel Watts ...
Morris - Publisher
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Jean Antoine Carrel
Mary Clare ...
His Mother
Fred Groves ...
Favre
Joan Gardner ...
Felicitas - His Daughter
Laurence Baskcomb ...
The Podesta - Mayor (as Lawrence Bascomb)
Ralph Truman ...
Giordano
Reginald Jarman ...
Minister Sella
Tony Sympson ...
Luc Meynet
Cyril Smith ...
Customs Officer
Lloyd Pearson ...
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In 1865, the unconquered Matterhorn beckons; former rivals, Italian Carrel and Englishman Whymper, hope to climb it together, but national rivalry intervenes. Rival parties dangerously race for the summit in realistic, well-photographed climbing scenes; but when the mountain is climbed, the danger is far from over... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Kampen om Bjerget  »

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1.37 : 1
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The movie was shot back-to-back with The Mountain Calls (1938) with Luis Trenker as the only actor appearing in both versions. So it was a British-German co-production just one year before the war. See more »

Goofs

When Cassell rescues Whymper at the start of the film, he throws only one rope down but is seen descending using two ropes. See more »

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Referenced in Obscene (2007) See more »

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More Matterhorn, please
18 February 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

The Challenge can be recommended for the fifteen or twenty minutes of mountain climbing footage that serve as the film's narrative bookends. Directed by and starring Austro-Hungarian mountaineer and filmmaker Luis Trenker, these segments are truly thrilling and at times brilliantly shot by Trenker's long time DP, Albert Benitz. The Matterhorn, long since emasculated by the persistent presence of Mickey Mouse and Goofy on its slopes, has certainly never looked more imposing than it does here. Sadly, the balance of the film is taken up by deadly dull stuff about Briton Edward Whymper's race to beat the bally Eye-ties to the top of the mountain, and you'll be challenged indeed to keep your eyelids propped open during the tedious second act of the film. For those who like their oxygen thin or simply yearn to see a good avalanche, however, this is well worth a look.


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