Gille Jenkins (Hayley Mills), a twelve-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 Korchinsky. 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.
A Spellbinder that beats with the pounding suspense of Manhunt!
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Did You Know?
Superintendent Graham and his antagonistic child witness Gillie were played by real-life father and daughter Sir John Mills
and Hayley Mills
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When Superintendent Graham is taking Gillie to the ship, the number plate of the following police car changes between scenes. See more
Gillie, look at me. Now in this world we sometimes have to tell little lies to help other people out. Our friends. Now we call this being loyal. Everybody admires and loves somebody whose loyal. But sometimes it is very wrong to tell even little lies if, by doing so, we help someone bad go free. Now that's not being loyal, Gillie. That's being very wicked. Now you don't want to be wicked, do you? Now this is the one moment that you must tell me the truth. The truth, Gillie.
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The Lord's My Shepherd
Lyrics by Francis Rous
Music by Jessie Seymour Irvine
Performed by Hayley Mills See more