It Takes a Thief


1h 41m 1961

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Challenge
Release Date
Feb 1961
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Alexandra Productions; Alliance Productions
Distribution Company
Valiant Films
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Jim Maxton, a middle-aged widower, becomes infatuated with Billy Lacross, the woman leader of a gang of crooks, and is persuaded to join them in a large-scale bullion robbery. After Jim has hidden the loot, Kristy, a gangster, informs on him, and Jim is sent to prison for 5 years. Following his release, the embittered Jim decides to live an honest life, supported by the money which is still safely hidden. Billy, meanwhile, has been supplanted as gang leader by the vicious Kristy, who is determined to wrest the money from Jim. Kristy kidnaps Joey, Jim's 6 year-old son and forces Jim to retrieve the money; but Jim discovers that the cache, hidden in a public dump, has been destroyed in an explosion. The now-reformed Billy aids Jim and Scotland Yard in rescuing the boy and rounding up the gang.

Film Details

Also Known As
The Challenge
Release Date
Feb 1961
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Alexandra Productions; Alliance Productions
Distribution Company
Valiant Films
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Notes

Released in Great Britain in May 1960 as The Challenge; running time: 93 min.