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Tiger Bay (1959)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 14 December 1959 (USA)
A twelve-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 (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. 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 »

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

Superintendent Graham and his antagonistic child witness Gillie were played by real-life father and daughter Sir John Mills and Hayley Mills. See more »

Goofs

When Superintendent Graham is taking Gillie to the ship, the number plate of the following police car changes between scenes. 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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Connections

Featured in The Love Goddesses (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

The Lord's My Shepherd
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Francis Rous
Music by Jessie Seymour Irvine
Performed by Hayley Mills
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A tricky tale, told with taste and flair
5 May 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

When a sailor discovers his girlfriend has dumped him while he's been away, they argue, she pulls a gun, he gets it away from her, and then shoots her several times. A streetwise British girl from Cardiff, who does nothing but lie and cause trouble, is the only witness. She eventually befriends the Polish sailor and helps him hide. What could've been a cloying story--even perverse--is handled with impeccable taste and turned into a very moving, human tale. Cinematographer Eric Cross and his camera obviously adore Hayley Mills' 12-year-old face (her round, inquisitive eyes in particular); the scene-stealer is shown off to an incredible advantage in her acting debut. Real-life papa John Mills (as the investigator of the murder) and Horst Buchholz are also fine. An intriguing, absorbing film, though with a somewhat padded conclusion. *** from ****


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