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It Takes a Thief (1960)

The Challenge (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | February 1961 (USA)
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,... See full summary »

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Billy
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Jim
Carl Möhner ...
Kristy
Peter Reynolds ...
Buddy
Barbara Mullen ...
Ma Piper
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Bob Crowther
Dermot Walsh ...
Detective Sergeant Willis
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Max
Edward Judd ...
Detective Sergeant Gittens
John Bennett ...
Spider
Lorraine Clewes ...
Mrs. Rick
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Shop Steward
John Stratton ...
Rick
Liane Marelli ...
Striptease Artiste
Bill McGuffie ...
Nightclub Pianist
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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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Peter Pike receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

Soundtracks

The Challenge of Love
Music by Bill McGuffie
Lyrics by Robert Halfin
Performed by Joan Small
Jayne Mansfield singing voice
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Only Watch it for Anthony Quayle
12 March 2005 | by (The South, USA) – See all my reviews

The only good thing about this film is the performance of Anthony Quayle. He gives his character some depth and humanity. No wonder he was soon off to great films such as Laurence of Arabia. If you want a truly great performance by this actor watch Anne of the Thousand Days. His role in that film earned him an Academy Award nomination. The good thing about THIS film is that the plot was a great idea and the flow was pretty quick and kept you interested. What was awful was the quality of the picture and the sound. The actors were blurry and the voices did not match the lip movements. Why was so much wasted on what could have been a really decent movie? Perhaps age and a lack of good DVD quality is the problem? The movie will only be bearable to Anthony Quayle fans, Jayne Mansfield fans, or crime drama fans.


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