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 overview, first billed only:
Superintendent Graham
Megs Jenkins ...
Mrs. Phillips
George Selway ...
Det. Sgt. Harvey
Shari ...
George Pastell ...
'POLOMA' Captain
'POLOMA' 1st. Officer
Dr. Das
Meredith Edwards ...
P.C. Williams
Marianne Stone ...
Mrs. Williams
Rachel Thomas ...
Mrs. Parry
Brian Hammond ...
Dal Parry


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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MURDER...enacted before the eyes of a little girl. She alone has the proof the police are searching for. See more »


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Release Date:

14 December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mystery at Tiger Bay  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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English-speaking film debut of Horst Buchholz. See more »


When Superintendent Graham has to spell out the Polish sailor's surname, he spells it "Korchinsky", but when the sailor (Horst Buchholz) signs his name, he spells it "Korczynski". See more »


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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Referenced in La mentira tiene cabellos rojos (1962) See more »


Ugly Woman
Trinidadian calypso
Lyrics and Music by Roaring Lion
Sung and danced at a street wedding reception
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Hayley Mills' Powerful Debut Performance
3 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film stars the Cinema Idol Horst Bucholz as a Polish Sailor returning to his girl-friend, only to find her in the arms of another man. In a jealous rage, he shoots and kills the woman. The only witness to this crime of passion is a 12 year old girl (played by newcomer Hayley Mills), who saw everything through a letter-box.

What follows is a suspenseful chase by the law, as well as a bitter sweet character study of the likable murderer and the girl who may hold the power to tip the scales of justice. The ending is not much of a surprise, but it's great fun getting there! In glorious black & white photography, this is a true Classic! Not only do we get introduced to the pre-Disney sweetheart Hayley Mills (who won a Special Juvenile Oscar for her outstanding performance), but we see the celebrated James-Dean-like heart throb Horst Buchholz in one of his early, and much acclaimed roles.

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