Tiger Bay A Polish sailor and a young Welsh tomboy become unlikely allies after she witnesses him commit a crime of passion in the docklands area of Cardiff.
With its location shooting and scenes of port city street culture,
Tiger Bay presaged the cinema of the British New Wave,
while Hayley Mills’ starring performance won the 12 year-old a special prize at the Berlin Film Festival and launched her career.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,
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.
I was 2nd Radio Officer aboard the British cargo ship OSWESTRY GRANGE,
which sailed regularly between the UK and the River Plate, from June 1958 until February 1959.
At the beginning of October 1958, we were in Avonmouth (Bristol),
when the “Tiger Bay” cast and crew came aboard to film the dock scenes, which were supposed to be in Barry. The ship’s name was over-painted with the name LA PALOMA, and the white Maltese Cross on the funnel was transformed into a white square.
When we sailed, we had to have our correct ship’s name painted on boards, which were suspended over the bows, and only removed when filming was taking place.
Our unique funnel must have caused a lot of puzzlement aboard other ships.