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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.

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Billy
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Jim
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Kristy
Peter Reynolds ...
Buddy
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Ma Piper
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Bob Crowther
Dermot Walsh ...
Detective Sergeant Willis
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Max
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Detective Sergeant Gittens
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Spider
Lorraine Clewes ...
Mrs. Rick
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Shop Steward
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Rick
Liane Marelli ...
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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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British singer Joan Small provided Jayne Mansfield's singing voice. 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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Surely Some Mistake
10 July 2015 | by (london) – See all my reviews

When you watch a British crime film from the 1950s you expect that the gang boss will be played by Herbert Lom,or Martin Benson or maybe Eric Pohlman,but Jayne Mansfield!\whereas Joan Crawford is a tigress when she is a gang boss,Eg Johnny Notorious,Mansfield is a pussycat.She has all the toughness of a rotten tomato.Once the going gets tough she gets going and Carl Mohne takes over.The best she can do is simper in a variety of wigs and a different outfit for every scene.She simpers a song in a sort of Monroe imitation.She is in short dreadful.Quayle plays against type as her crook lover who went to prison but kept the loot.If you were to take Monroe out of this film you would have a good film.Nevertheless when Mansfield is off the screen the film is quite entertaining.


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