It Takes a Thief (1963)

It Takes a Thief





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Universal Pictures resurrects the 1970s-era TV series about a master thief who is recruited to work for a government agency with this high-profile project penned by Greg Russo.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Gilling
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 25, 1999



as Kristy

as Ma Piper

as Bob Crowther

as Detective Sgt. Gitte...

as Mrs. Rick

as Shop Steward

as Nightclub Pianist

as Dr. Westerly

as School Inspector

as Landlord

as Ticket Collector

as Sergeant

as Farm Laborer

as Lorry Driver

as Policeman

as Inspector Willis

as Bertie or Birdie
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This is a British movie shot in England. It stars Jayne Mansfield but she doesn't play the usually dumb blond. She starts of the movie as a brunette and then becomes blond latter. She had to go to England to get a real acting role. The story is about a woman who seduces a man played by Anthony Quayle in order to get him to drive a getaway truck in an armored car robbery. He is a widower with an infant son living with his mother. Jayne Mansfield has a gang of tough guys who jump the armored car guards who then throw the bags of gold coins into the get away truck and then drive off in a get away car. Strange that nobody had any guns. Anthony Quayle buries the gold in the country. The next day he is arrested. They never explain how the police new he was involved. He spends the next five years in prison. Later in the movie they say the robbery took place in 1955. I don't know English cars very well but they were old cars in the movie. The only car I recognized was a 1959 Ford. It was the only car in the movie with steering wheel in the right place. The cheap DVD copy I got from the Playboy Catalog is in black and white and is dark and blurry with bad sound. While Anthony Quayle is in prison Jayne Mansfield's gang pulls a series of robberies till she has enough money to buy a London night club. When Anthony Quayle gets out of prison she meets him to find out where he hid the gold. Eventually the gang kidnaps his son to hold as hostage until he produces the gold. When he goes to where he hid the gold there is a ton of explosive chemicals piled up on top of where he buried the gold. When he tries to bribe some union truck drivers to move the chemicals they mug him and blow up the chemicals. He then has to follow the gang members to where they have his son. He has to chase a steam engine train through the country. It's amazing that in 1960 England people were still traveling on steam powered passenger trains. After he rescues his son he finds out from the police that they had found the gold three years earlier and they where using him as bait to catch the rest of the gang. They try to spice up the movie with some strange night club acts that I guess was some kind of strip tease. And Jayne Mansfield tries to sing at the night club too. The ending seems a little contrived with everyone showing up at the same place in the country after chasing a train.

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