Tiger Bay

Tiger Bay

J Elder Wills (1934)

65min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Anna May Wong carved out a significant career in the 1920s and early 30s, though Hollywood tended to cast the Chinese-American actress in stereotypical "Dragon Lady" roles. She received more rewarding parts when working in Europe, as was the case here where she stars as a charismatic Chinese club owner trying to make a living in a lowlife backwater. Plagued by gangs of ruffians, she's aided by a dapper Englishman (Victor Garland) who's fallen in love with her foster sister. Not surprisingly for its vintage, the film is a bit creaky and its occasional broad humour seems ill placed, but Wong is a shimmering presence in a well-lit melodrama that doesn't overstay its welcome.

Cast & Crew

Lui Chang Anna May Wong
Olaf Henry Victor
Whistling Rufus Lawrence Grossmith
Fay Margaret Yarde
Letty René Ray
Michael Victor Garland
Alf Ernest Jay
Wally Wally Patch
Director J Elder Wills
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: DVD