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The Challenge

The Challenge

(1960)

90min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
Sometimes films are so mesmerisingly bad that they offer a diverse selection of delights to the viewer, though, invariably, not all are intentional. This is one such movie, amazingly pairing Hollywood sexpot Jayne Mansfield and British classical actor Anthony Quayle in a crime thriller of murky intent and ludicrous result. Mansfield makes the least convincing criminal mastermind you'll ever clap eyes on, but Quayle is smitten with her all the same, and goes to jail to ensure the police don't capture the loot from a heist. Watch out for a sterling support cast, including B-movie regulars Dermot Walsh, Patrick Holt and Percy Herbert, and remember, it really isn't meant to be funny. Called It Takes a Thief in the US, this is actually better than Mansfield's other British film of the period, Too Hot to Handle.

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Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists Ltd

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