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Jayne Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe's blond competition in the late '50s and early '60s, stars in this crime melodrama as Billy, the leader of a gang of thieves. She charms Jim (Anthony Quayle), a widower with a young daughter, into joining the group effort on a particular robbery. After the heist, Jim personally stashes away their stolen loot while she leads the police off in another direction. But the unfortunate new recruit ends up in the clinker for five years while the others go free. Once out of jail, Jim is brought up short -- Billy has allied herself with another man and her gang has money to spare -- though not enough money, they decide. Against Billy's wishes, the gang takes drastic measures to get at Jim's hidden cache of loot from the robbery that sent him to jail. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Jayne Mansfield
as Billy
Anthony Quayle
as Jim
John Bennett
as Spider
Robert Brown
as Bob Crowther
Edward Judd
as Detective Sgt. Gittens
Patrick Holt
as Max
Lorraine Clewes
as Mrs. Rick
Percy Herbert
as Shop Steward
Bill McGuffie
as Nightclub Pianist
Lloyd Lamble
as Dr. Westerly
John Wood
as School Inspector
Arthur Brough
as Landlord
Wally Patch
as Ticket Collector
Bryan Pringle
as Sergeant
Marigold Russell
as Hostess
Victor Brooks
as Foreman
Bill Shine
as Farm Laborer
Dermot Walsh
as Inspector Willis


John Gilling
John Temple-Smith
John Gilling
Gordon Dines
Bill McGuffie
Composer (Music Score)
Jim Morahan
Art Director
Tom Morahan
Art Director