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Challenge (1974)

U.S. Senate candidate Frank Challenge will not sell out to the Syndicate. As a result, his family is murdered. Then Challenge becomes judge, jury, and executioner.


Martin Beck


Thom McIntyre (as Lynelle Grey), Alan J. Adler (screenplay)


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Credited cast:
Earl Owensby Earl Owensby ... Frank Challenge
Elizabeth Upton Elizabeth Upton ... Sam
Sandra Beck Sandra Beck ... Trina
Kathleen Devine Kathleen Devine ... Paulette
Doug Hale Doug Hale ... Gil Rand
Fred Covington Fred Covington ... MacDonald Jennings
Laurens Moore Laurens Moore ... Comm. Taylor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William T. Hicks William T. Hicks
Johnny Popwell Johnny Popwell ... Will
Phil Smoot Phil Smoot ... Headwaiter
Katheryn Thompson Katheryn Thompson


Frank Challenge is a man running for the U.S. Senate who will not sell out to the Syndicate. As a result of his strong stand against the mob, his family is murdered. Then Challenge becomes judge, jury, and executioner. Written by Anonymous

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They killed his wife - They murdered his daughter - They thought they killed him - But nothing could stop FRANK CHALLENGE! See more »


Crime | Drama




Official Sites:

Earl Owensby Studio





Release Date:

October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I ekdikisis tou Frank Challenge See more »

Filming Locations:

Shelby, North Carolina, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

E.O. Corporation See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Earl Owensby wanted the script to closely resemble the 1973 sleeper, "Walking Tall". The original draft was written by Alan Ormsby, but was rejected because it was not similar enough to "Walking Tall". It took three scripts/writers before Owensby was satisfied. See more »


[repeated line]
Frank Challenge: I'll get him later
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Followed by The Brass Ring (1975) See more »


Carousel Song
Written by Jerry Van Tassel
Sung by Tommy Faile
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Unusual, but it's a terrifically exciting and well made action thriller!.
12 November 1998 | by emmSee all my reviews

What a surprise find this is! Earl Owensby had to be a reasonable independent film producer along the line, and it's absolutely wise to explain the excellent production values in this intriguing action thriller, which was released under the title MANHUNTER (remember, it stars Owensby!) Please understand that this isn't the work of hundreds of thousands of crew members from a 007 picture. Since this was made in North Carolina, expect to hear some Southern accents from the cast members, and do realize that it was filmed on a very low budget. All of these details won't keep the movie from being less enjoyable, though. The smooth pace of the action is its strongest point, with a couple of big explosions and some nifty car chasing and plane flying along the way. Its central character, Frank Challenge, can be best compared to James Bond 007 or other secret agent, but he does not retain that kind of personality like in the other big action movies, rather he is an ordinary individual living in North Carolina doing his duty. Still, he delivers to the audience on what we demand: seriously well fed action-packed fun! Another nice touch in the film is its practical sense of humor, which goes well with the low budget acting and it's greatly appreciated for a solid indie outing. MANHUNTER proves why it doesn't take millions of dollars and strenuous workmanship to make a very good action-packed production, although it's still not the greatest gem in the world. H.B. Halicki did the same thing with his GONE IN 60 SECONDS by putting out brilliant ideas in the making of a solid indie cult classic. Earl Owensby should be satisfied of the credit he deserved in this one, plus his other past films. A must-see for action and independent film fanatics!

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