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The Challenge (1938 film)

The Challenge
File:The Challenge DVD Cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by
Produced by
  • Günther Stapenhorst
  • Alexander Korda
Written by
  • Patrick Kirwan
  • Milton Rosmer
Screenplay by Emeric Pressburger
Music by Allan Gray
  • Albert Benitz
  • Georges Périnal
Edited by Edward B. Jarvis
  • Denham Films
  • London Film Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • September 1939 (1939-09) (UK)
Running time
76 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Challenge is a 1938 British drama film directed by Milton Rosmer and Luis Trenker and starring Robert Douglas and Luis Trenker. The film is about the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865 by Edward Whymper. The film is a remake of Struggle for the Matterhorn (German: Der Kampf ums Matterhorn) in which Trenker acted in 1928.


  • Robert Douglas as Edward Whymper
  • Frank Birch as Rev. Charles Hudson
  • Geoffrey Wardwell as Lord Francis Douglas
  • Moran Caplat as Mr. Hadow
  • Lyonel Watts as F.K. Morris, Publisher
  • Luis Trenker as Jean Antoine Carrel
  • Mary Clare as Carrel's Mother
  • Fred Groves as Bruno Favre, Innkeeper
  • Joan Gardner as Felicitas Favre, Favre's Daughter
  • Laurence Baskcomb as The Podesta, Mayor
  • Ralph Truman as Signor Giordano
  • Reginald Jarman as Minister Sella
  • Tony Sympson as Luc Meynet
  • Cyril Smith as Customs Officer
  • Lloyd Pearson as Alexander Seiler, Innkeeper
  • Violet Howard as Mrs. Seiler
  • Babita Soren as Mrs. Croz
  • Luis Gerold as Croz, Guide
  • Max Holzboer as Peter Taugwalder Sr., Guide
  • Emmerich Albert as A Ropemaker
  • Howard Douglas as A Ropemaker

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