The Challenge (1960 film)

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The Challenge
The Challenge 1960.jpg
Directed by John Gilling
Produced by John Temple-Smith
Written by John Gilling
Starring Jayne Mansfield and Anthony Quayle
Music by Bill McGuffie
Cinematography Gordon Dines
Edited by Alan Osbiston and John Victor-Smith
Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
17 May 1960 (London) (UK)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Challenge, released as It Takes a Thief in the United States, is a 1960 British neo noir crime film directed by John Gilling and starring Jayne Mansfield and Anthony Quayle.[1]


Mansfield plays Billy, a ruthless gang leader who dumps gang member Maxton when he is convicted of robbery. Maxton serves his time, then recovers the stolen loot when he's released. Billy and her gang then kidnap Maxton's son and demand money as ransom.[2]


Critical reception[edit]

  • TV Guide wrote, "most of the actors, with the exception of Quayle, are pretty stiff, and the story is hardly inspired."[2]
  • Sky Movies noted, "filled with such familiar leading men of British 'B' features as Peter Reynolds, Edward Judd, Dermot Walsh and Patrick Holt. Some of the best moments, though, are provided by Hollywood's Jayne Mansfield as the criminal mastermind, demure in black wig and horn-rimmed glasses as she does her 'firm's' books by day, but slinking around in sequins by night with a smile and a song."[3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The Challenge | BFI | BFI". Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  2. ^ a b "It Takes A Thief Review". Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  3. ^ "The Challenge - Sky Movies HD". 2003-05-14. Retrieved 2014-04-11.