'The Challenge' (1960) is a stylishly mounted, frequently volatile, jazzy-cool early 60s Brit-Noir by extremely versatile Hammer Horror alumnus John Gilling, who consistently proved himself to be equally adept at crafting exciting, flint-edged pot-boilers along with his bravura, bodice-ripping, blood-chilling Gothic shockers! This compelling, well above average crime thriller has a cracking cast of agreeably familiar genre faces, with super charismatic screen icons Jayne Mansfield & Anthony Quayle making for an attractive, if somewhat tempestuous pair of ill-fated lovers. It might be a fair assessment to claim that maestro John Gilling's shadow-steeped, cult crime caper The Challenge's more demonstrative charms are not so much hard-boiled, as fabulously full-bodied!!!

Dynamically paced, competently written, 'The Challenge' percolates potently until its locomotive climax which delivers a deadly kick like a strychnine-laced espresso!

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