Tiger Bay (1959)

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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
Yvonne Mitchell ...
Megs Jenkins ...
Mrs. Phillips
George Selway ...
Det. Sgt. Harvey
Shari ...
George Pastell ...
'POLOMA' Captain
Paul Stassino ...
'POLOMA' 1st. Officer
Marne Maitland ...
Dr. Das
Meredith Edwards ...
P.C. Williams
Marianne Stone ...
Mrs. Williams
Rachel Thomas ...
Mrs. Parry
Brian Hammond ...
Dai 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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Release Date:

14 December 1959 (USA)  »

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Mystery at Tiger Bay  »

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Film debut (at age 12) of Hayley Mills. 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 »


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


The Lord's My Shepherd
Lyrics by Francis Rous
Music by Jessie Seymour Irvine
Performed by Hayley Mills
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Cops and Robbers Fare that Goes against the Grain
11 June 2005 | by See 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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