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Tiger Bay (1959)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 14 December 1959 (USA)
A 12 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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Superintendent Graham
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Korchinsky
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Gillie
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Anya
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Mrs. Phillips
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Barclay
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Det. Sgt. Harvey
Shari ...
Christine
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'POLOMA' Captain
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'POLOMA' 1st. Officer
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Dr. Das
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P.C. Williams
Marianne Stone ...
Mrs. Williams
Rachel Thomas ...
Mrs. Parry
Brian Hammond ...
Dal Parry
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Storyline

Gille Jenkins, a 12 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 Korchinski. 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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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14 December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mystery at Tiger Bay  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which Gillie is telling the police about the murder was ad-libbed by Hayley Mills. John Mills and J. Lee Thompson told her the basic plot for the scene and told her to make it up. See more »

Goofs

When Superintendent Graham is taking Gillie to the ship, the number plate of the following police car changes between scenes. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Phillips: What are we going to do? You've got to find her!
Superintendent Graham: We'll find her, Mrs. Phillips. It'll be alright.
Mrs. Phillips: It'll be all right, he says. A fat lot of good the police are. We've got one in the house and a murder's done right under his nose and now here's a child whose got hold of a gun and they don't even know where she is!
Superintendent Graham: We'll find her.
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Soundtracks

The Lord's My Shepherd
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Lyrics by Francis Rous
Music by Jessie Seymour Irvine
Performed by Hayley Mills
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Scenes aboard the ship
6 September 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was 2nd Radio Officer aboard the British cargo ship OSWESTRY GRANGE, which sailed regularly between the UK and the River Plate, from June 1958 until February 1959. At the beginning of October 1958, we were in Avonmouth (Bristol), when the "Tiger Bay" cast and crew came aboard to film the dock scenes, which were supposed to be in Barry. The ship's name was over-painted with the name LA PALOMA, and the white Maltese Cross on the funnel was transformed into a white square. When we sailed, we had to have our correct ship's name painted on boards, which were suspended over the bows, and only removed when filming was taking place. Our unique funnel must have caused a lot of puzzlement aboard other ships.

We then sailed up and down the Bristol Channel for a few days, while the filming of John Mills' arrival and boarding from the pilot boat, as well as the chase and jump involving the Hayley Mills character, took place. The jump was performed by a stunt woman, who was very much bigger than Hayley. It was a cold day, and the Bristol Channel looked very uninviting, but the stunt girl was cheerful and unperturbed. Fortunately for her, only one take was needed! The film people, including John and Hayley Mills, were very friendly. Of course, we had no idea what it was all about.

I didn't manage to see the film until I was serving with the Zim Israel line, when it was shown in a cinema on Mount Carmel in Haifa in June 1960. I'd expected to see myself in the scene where the ship was leaving Barry docks (i.e., Avonmouth), but I'd ended up on the cutting room floor.

I now have the film on DVD, and love re-watching it, because it's a really good film, with an amazing performance by Hayley Mills, and also, of course, because I can see my old ship again, and recall my youth and those fascinating days with the cast and crew.


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