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Tiger Bay (1959)

A Vision of Albion
Cecil Hepworth 1874-1953
Rescued By Rover (1905)
Through Ealing's Eyes. I
Sir Michael Balcon
Through Ealing's Eyes.II
"Just Room For One Inside Sir..."
Other Eyes, Other Visions
British Film At War
A Canterbury Tale (1944)
The Post-War Years
Brighton Rock (1947)
London Belongs To Me (1948)
Scott of The Antarctic (1948)
Tiger Bay (1959)
Whistle down the Wind (1961)
Sir John Mills (1908 - 2005)

Scene Through A Letter Box

Hayley Mills as Gillie Evans

A woman is murdered, shot, A young child, Gillie, witnesses the killing through the letterbox.The neighbours ignore the shots, thinking the sounds are those of Gillie's toy cap pistol. Gillie takes the murder weapon, but is seen by the murderer, but he can do nothing, because there are too many people about.
However one of the neighbours discovers the body, after the murderer has fled, and the police are called.When the police arrive, one  of them,Superintendent Graham questions Gillie and her aunt, Mrs Phillips.Gillie gives a false description of Bronik, the murderer. The police allow Gillie to leave to sing at a local wedding, but Bronik tracks her down at the church. After the wedding service, he chases Gillie and wrestles the gun from her.
This is a film worth tracking down, it is available on both VHS and DVD, and watching. Tiger Bay was Hayley Mills' first film, but you'd never know it, she gives an outstanding performance as Gillie Evans, a little girl caught in her own lies and not understanding that they can have far reaching consequences. The role of Superintendent Graham is handled deftly by John Mills, Hayley's father, the teaming of the two was an inspired piece of casting. Their scenes together are compulsive viewing. A quote that perfectly sums up the look of this film comes from Ewan Davidson's review of Tiger Bay, which can be found on the screenonline at the British Film Institute's website, and it reads,
Tiger Bay is representative of the pinnacle of traditional black and white cinematography, with every scene and shot beautifully lit and composed.
And that says it all, about this stunning little film.

Hayley Mills as Gillie Evans

Horst Buchholz (Bronik Korchinsky);
John Mills (Superintendent Graham);
Hayley Mills (Gillie Evans);
Megs Jenkins (Mrs Phillips);
Anthony Dawson (Barclay)

Directed by J.Lee Thompson
Production Company Independent Artists
Produced by John Hawkesworth
Screenplay by John Hawkesworth
  Shelley Smith
Based on a short story by Noel Calef
Director of Photography Eric Cross
Music by Laurie Johnson

The end of Tiger Bay, Cardiff's dockland district
Tiger Bay was notorious. A slice of red-light district and gambling dens between Cardiff's city centre and its docks, and home to a rich mix of multi-racial communities, it had a powerful character of its own. Its rundown terraces, pubs and shops were demolished in the late 1960s, and now restaurants and sought-after executive flats stand in its place.

Tiger Bay 1959 [click for larger image]

the webpages at screenonline
at the British Film Institute

the webpages at screenonline
at the British Film Institute

director of Tiger Bay.
the webpages at screenonline
at the British Film Institute

scene from Tiger Bay [click for larger image]

from a fan-based website that
 also includes scenes from
Hayley Mills' other films

No! No! It's not me! It's not me!"

Tiger Bay 1959 DVD

 The It Is Forever England Website
and Cinema Show 
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