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February 1961 (USA) See more »
Billie and Kristy lead a gang of armed robbers who steal from banks, armoured cars, and the like. When Billie's lover... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Brooks ... Foreman
Arthur Brough ... Landlord
David Davenport ... Policeman
Lloyd Lamble ... Dr. Westerly
Wally Patch ... Ticket Collector
Bryan Pringle ... Sergeant
Marigold Russell ... Hostess
Richard Shaw ... Lorry Driver
Bill Shine ... Farm Laborer

John Wood ... School Inspector
Pauline Chamberlain ... Cigarette Girl in Club (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Harlequin Club Patron (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Man in Pub (uncredited)
Guy Standeven ... Harlequin Club Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
John Gilling 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Gilling 

Produced by
John Temple-Smith .... producer
Original Music by
Bill McGuffie  (as William McGuffie)
Cinematography by
Gordon Dines 
Film Editing by
Alan Osbiston 
John Victor-Smith 
Casting by
James Liggat  (as James Liggatt)
Art Direction by
Jim Morahan 
Thomas N. Morahan  (as Tom Morahan)
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
Production Management
John Pellatt .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Dave Goghan .... sound
Norman Savage .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jean Fairlie .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
John Crome .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bill McGuffie .... conductor (as William McGuffie)
Joan Small .... singing voice: Jayne Mansfield (uncredited)
Other crew
Helen Whitson .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Challenge" - UK (original title)
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USA:101 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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6 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Only Watch it for Anthony Quayle, 12 March 2005
Author: LadyRowenaIvanhoe from The South, USA

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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