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:
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Superintendent Graham
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Korchinsky
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Gillie
Yvonne Mitchell ...
Anya
Megs Jenkins ...
Mrs. Phillips
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Barclay
George Selway ...
Det. Sgt. Harvey
Shari ...
Christine
George Pastell ...
'POLOMA' Captain
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'POLOMA' 1st. Officer
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Dr. Das
Meredith Edwards ...
P.C. Williams
Marianne Stone ...
Mrs. Williams
Rachel Thomas ...
Mrs. Parry
Brian Hammond ...
Dai Parry
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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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14 December 1959 (USA)  »

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Mystery at Tiger Bay  »

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

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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 »

Quotes

Gillie: Shalln't I ever see you again?
Korchinsky: Maybe... someday. It doesn't matter though. Whereever I am, you're still my friend.
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Featured in The Love Goddesses (1965) See more »

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one worth watching
19 July 2003 | by (sydney) – See all my reviews

this is a hidden gem... quickly, the film transports you to a different world, one of varying shades of gray, skies, people, emotions, degrees of truth.... the cinematography is surprising and fresh for a movie that is more than 40 years old, the camera angles that tell more in a one-second frame than a lot of movies nowadays take minutes to set up and then fail to do... there are no special effects, but there are plenty of moods and thoughts carried on faces in close-up and in backgrounds that move the story along.. hayley is great, the scene where she re-enacts the murder alone is worth watching the movie for.. and buchholz also is fun to see and totally credible in how his heart has pushed him in ways he never thought he would go.... a very brave man indeed..


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