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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Peter Pike received an "introducing" credit. 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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Surely Some Mistake
10 July 2015 | by malcolmgswSee 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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