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The Challenge (1938)





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The British adventure film The Challenge is based on a real-life turn-of-the-century competition. The race is on between a team of British mountain climbers and a government-sponsored Italian team to conquer a hazardous alpine peak. Edward Whimper (Robert Douglas) heads the English expedition, while Jean-Antoine Carrel (Luis Trenker) is in charge of the Italians. Actual footage of the Alps is seamlessly blended with studio mockups. Emeric Pressburger, on the verge of his felicitous teaming with Michael Powell, wrote the original story for The Challenge. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Robert Douglas
as Edward Whymper
Luis Trenker
as Jean-Antoine Carrel
Mary Clare
as Carrel's mother
Frank Birch
as Rev. Charles Hudson
Geoffrey Wardwell
as Lord Francis Douglas
Cyril Smith
as Customs officer
Lawrence Baskcomb
as The Podesta
Tarva Penna
as Peasant
Lyonel Watts
as Morris publisher
Joan Gardner
as Felicitas Favre's Daughter
Ralph Truman
as Giordano
Tony Sympson
as Luc Meynet
Max Holzboer
as Peter Taugwalder Sr.
Howard Douglas
as Ropemaker
Bernard Miles
as Villager (uncredited)
D.J. Williams
as Villager (uncredited)
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"The Challenge" has been made several times but the original from 1938 remains the greatest and most acclaimed. The film features multiple countries and nationalities trying to reach the summit of an unconquered peak in the Alps. The film isn't just about climbing but also of loyalty, betrayal and ultimately friendship. Throughout the climbs there is loads of tension and suspense that is heightened through the frantic and fast paced score and really add to the sense of danger felt by those that climb. The footage used (A lot of it was of the Alps and some studio mockups) is exceptionally beautiful and majestic. "The Challenge" is a great action/adventure film that makes for a wonderful drama as well and is a solid film overall.

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

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