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Tiger Bay (1959)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 14 December 1959 (USA)
A twelve-year-old tomboy witnesses the murder of a woman by her Polish merchant marine boyfriend, but bonds with him and thwarts the police in their investigation.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Noël Calef (short story "Rodolphe et le Revolver") (as Noel Calef), John Hawkesworth (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Superintendent Graham
Horst Buchholz ... Bronislaw Korchinsky
Hayley Mills ... Gillie
Yvonne Mitchell ... Anya
Megs Jenkins ... Mrs. Phillips
Anthony Dawson ... Barclay
George Selway ... Det. Sgt. Harvey
Shari Shari ... Christine
George Pastell ... 'POLOMA' Captain
Paul Stassino ... 'POLOMA' 1st. Officer
Marne Maitland ... Dr. Das
Meredith Edwards ... P.C. Williams
Marianne Stone ... Mrs. Williams
Rachel Thomas Rachel Thomas ... Mrs. Parry
Brian Hammond Brian Hammond ... Dal Parry
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Storyline

Gille Jenkins (Hayley Mills), a twelve-year-old tomboy and compulsive liar living in a sordid tenement with her single parent mother, witnesses the murder of an immigrant Polish woman living in an nearby apartment by her former boyfriend, Bronislaus Korchinsky. The young merchant marine becomes distraught when he discovers that she has become the mistress of a married British sports announcer and shoots her with her own gun. Gillie lies about the circumstances in order to keep the gun which she discovers where Korchinsky hid it. She ultimately bonds with him and misleads the police in their investigation. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A Spellbinder that beats with the pounding suspense of Manhunt! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Polish | Spanish

Release Date:

14 December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery at Tiger Bay See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Superintendent Graham and his antagonistic child witness Gillie were played by real-life father and daughter Sir John Mills and Hayley Mills. See more »

Goofs

There were five shots fired. Later a policeman says that 'all four shots were fired from this gun'. See more »

Quotes

Gillie: Why did you do it? You know, shoot her?
Korchinsky: I got angry... like a madman.
Gillie: Why?
Korchinsky: I don't know... because I loved her so much maybe. I came back to marry her. Then she said, just like that, "I don't want you anymore."
Gillie: Why didn't she want you anymore?
Korchinsky: She got someone else. A gentleman.
Gillie: Got more cash, I suppose. I know! It's that man with the car. Horrid man. Always hanging around our place. You shoulda shot him instead.
Korchinsky: I didn't want to shoot anyone.
Gillie: But it was his fault! And I'll tell you another ...
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Connections

Featured in The Love Goddesses (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Ugly Woman
(uncredited)
Trinidadian calypso
Lyrics and Music by Roaring Lion
Sung and danced at a street wedding reception
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Cops and Robbers Fare that Goes against the Grain
11 June 2005 | by loza-1See all my reviews

There were plenty of British crime thrillers about at that time. They were pretty black and white not only in photography. Here we have one that strikes out on its own. Here the differences between good and bad are blurred. Indeed towards the end, we find ourselves hoping that the Polish sailor gets clean away.

Unusually for a crime thriller, we have some pretty good acting from the two central characters, one of them a child, played by the daughter of John Mills (who plays a detective). German actor Horst Bucholz plays the part of the Pole.

The setting is Cardiff, and some of the street types are pretty good, and very atmospheric.

At a time when Britain was turning out some pretty rotten stuff, this is a film that is very watchable, quite well written and well acted.


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