Tiger Bay

Tiger Bay

J Lee Thompson (1959)

A Certificate


Our Score
Hayley Mills gives an astonishing performance here in her film debut, playing a young girl who befriends murderous sailor Horst Buchholz and hinders detective John Mills's investigation at every turn. The "kid and the killer" plot had cropped up regularly during the 1950s and this variation has nothing new to say on the subject. But J Lee Thompson (always a fine director of children) surrounds 12-year-old Hayley with credible characters and faithfully captures the sights and sounds of Cardiff's docklands.


A Polish sailor flees Cardiff's docklands after murdering his girlfriend in a jealous rage, initially unaware that a 12-year-old tomboy has witnessed the crime and has taken his abandoned gun to show off to her friends. However, he comes back to abduct the girl in a bid to keep her quiet - but the pair form a friendship and she tries to help him escape the police. British thriller, with Hayley Mills in her film debut, alongside her father John Mills and Horst Buchholz.

Cast & Crew

Superintendent Graham John Mills
Korchinsky Horst Buchholz
Gillie Hayley Mills
Anya Yvonne Mitchell
Mrs Phillips Megs Jenkins
Barclay Anthony Dawson
Det Sgt Harvey George Selway
Christine Shari
Dr Das Marne Maitland
Mrs Williams Marianne Stone
Director J Lee Thompson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD