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Tiger Bay (1934)

A young Englishman abroad, Michael, visits the local low-life spot of Tiger Bay to test his assertion that the spirit of human romance survives even in the most unpromising of circumstances... See full summary »

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J. Elder Wills

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Eric Ansell (story), Billie Bristow (treatment) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Anna May Wong ... Lui Chang
Henry Victor ... Olaf
Lawrence Grossmith Lawrence Grossmith ... Whistling Rufus
Margaret Yarde Margaret Yarde ... Fay
Rene Ray Rene Ray ... Letty (as René Ray)
Victor Garland Victor Garland ... Michael
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay ... Alf
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Wally
Graham Soutten Graham Soutten ... Stumpy (as Ben Soutten)
Brian Buchel Brian Buchel ... Tony
Judy Kelly ... Bar Girl
Ruth Ambler Ruth Ambler
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A young Englishman abroad, Michael, visits the local low-life spot of Tiger Bay to test his assertion that the spirit of human romance survives even in the most unpromising of circumstances. He intervenes when a local criminal protection racketeer targets a Chinese nightclub, and falls in love with the owner's young English foster-sister. But Olaf's gang have only just started their campaign against Lui Chang, the cultured, elegant woman who owns the premises... and she is determined not to be intimidated or driven out of business under any circumstances... Written by Igenlode Wordsmith

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1934 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Baía dos Tigres See more »

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Wyndham Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for USA television presentation; its initial telecast took place in New York City Saturday 28 May 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2); it was first aired in Los Angeles Tuesday 31 October 1949 on KLAC (Channel 13) and in Boston Sunday 19 February 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7). Since this title had never been shown theatrically in the this country, these telecasts also constituted its USA premiere. See more »

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What were they thinking of?
22 January 2007 | by Igenlode WordsmithSee all my reviews

The most memorable things about "Tiger Bay" are, first of all, that Anna May Wong and most of the minor character actors are more than capable of making the two romantic leads looks like a pair of amateurs -- even allowing for the fact that Letty and Michael are intended to be callow roles -- and secondly, the totally wrong ending. I can only assume that this was imposed at the censors' behest: from the audience point of view, we have been watching Olaf and his gang commit every offence up to and including murder, but as soon as one of them gets what he so richly deserves, then and only then do the authorities -- and, apparently, the script -- react with moral outrage. The moment when the worm finally turns and Lui Chang is prepared to outface blackmail and strike back is the one we have been waiting for with increasing impatience throughout, conditioned by modern movie conventions. For this vigilante act alone amongst all the villainy of the film to be condemned (a leading character cannot, presumably, be seen to get away with a crime) subsequently comes across with all the disbelief of a slap in the face: Bruce Lee never had to put up with anything like this.

Up until this point the film is actually not bad; I couldn't help wondering where on earth Ealing Studios assembled such a polyglot, polychrome cast in 1933! Anna May Wong, although not cast as the romantic lead, more or less carries the picture, as appropriate to the star with her name above the titles. She is notably assisted by Margaret Yorke as the voluble English manageress, in a part that at first appears to be mere comedy relief but turns out to be a central part of Lui's surrogate 'family'. Other supporting roles including those of the villains are also well-played, and I was gratified to find that my instincts were correct and that 'Whistling Rufus' was indeed more than he seemed.

Sadly, the young hero and heroine do not fare so well, coming across as improbably stiff and stagy, and completely unrelated to their environment. Letty is admittedly supposed to be sheltered, but she appears to have no sense of the realities of Tiger Bay at all, and gives the impression of having wandered out of a different production altogether, and one with a somewhat different standard of acting at that. Victor Garland as the male lead, Michael, is not quite so bad, but he still appears to regard the whole thing as a frightfully good lark without any sense of genuine engagement.

I wouldn't totally write this film off, but I can't wholeheartedly recommend it; worth seeing if you get the chance, but not really worth wasting any effort over. (Incidentally, I was surprised to read in one source that "Tiger Bay" had to be cleansed of all mention of drunks and prostitutes, since both feature prominently in the finished product, and are indeed vital to the plot...)


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