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Tiger Bay (1959)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 14 December 1959 (USA)
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.

Director:

J. Lee Thompson

Writers:

Noël Calef (short story "Rodolphe et le Revolver") (as Noel Calef), John Hawkesworth (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Superintendent Graham
Horst Buchholz ... Korchinsky
Hayley Mills ... Gillie
Yvonne Mitchell ... Anya
Megs Jenkins ... Mrs. Phillips
Anthony Dawson ... Barclay
George Selway ... Det. Sgt. Harvey
Shari Shari ... Christine
George Pastell ... 'POLOMA' Captain
Paul Stassino ... 'POLOMA' 1st. Officer
Marne Maitland ... Dr. Das
Meredith Edwards ... P.C. Williams
Marianne Stone ... Mrs. Williams
Rachel Thomas Rachel Thomas ... Mrs. Parry
Brian Hammond Brian Hammond ... Dal Parry
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Storyline

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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A Spellbinder that beats with the pounding suspense of Manhunt! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Polish | Spanish

Release Date:

14 December 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery at Tiger Bay See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which Gillie is telling the police about the murder was ad-libbed by Hayley Mills. John Mills and J. Lee Thompson told her the basic plot for the scene and told her to make it up. See more »

Goofs

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: 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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Soundtracks

The Lord's My Shepherd
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Francis Rous
Music by Jessie Seymour Irvine
Performed by Hayley Mills
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Unforgettable. Worth any effort needed to see it.
23 April 2002 | by srschulzSee all my reviews

It's been a long time since I first saw this movie, but it's one that I'll likely never forget. Hayley Mills is truly a joy to watch. She portrays the many moods with ease and is deservedly one of the best-loved child stars. Horst Buchholz gives a very believable portrayal of a young man betrayed and bewildered by the action of his girlfriend and of his murdering her. Hayley as Gillie is the strong one in this movie. She is the one who hides him and protects him after getting the gun from him. She seems to relish her role. As others have said already the ending seems to be lacking true zest. I actually can't remember what happened. However, the rest of the movie, showing the wonderful interaction between Gillie and the sailor is more than worth the price of admission or the DVD.


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