Tiger Bay

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German title Tiger Bay
Original title Tiger Bay
Country of production Great Britain
original language English
Publishing year 1959
length 105 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director J. Lee Thompson
script John Hawkesworth
Shelley Smith
production John Hawkesworth
music Laurie Johnson
camera Eric Cross
cut Sidney Hayers

Tiger Bay is a British feature film from 1959. The alternate title is I know the killer .


Near Cardiff Harbor , also known as Tiger Bay . After a trip on a merchant ship, the young Polish seaman Korchinsky longingly makes his way to his girlfriend Anya's apartment with his wages in his pocket. Surprisingly, his girlfriend no longer lives there, but a girl named Christine. He receives Anya's new address from the landlord and even pays the outstanding rent, even though he always sent money to his girlfriend for rent payments. The new address is difficult for the young sailor to find because the house is a bit out of the way and he cannot read as well. The eleven-year-old Gillie, who also lives in the house in question, helps him. When he arrives at his girlfriend, Korchinsky has to discover that she has a new boyfriend and wants to give him the pass, whereupon he shoots her after a violent exchange of words. Gillie, who observed the crime through the mailbox in the apartment, becomes a witness to the murder . Korchinsky hides the weapon behind a gas meter in the stairwell . Gillie, who was hiding there, takes the gun and is discovered by Korchinsky. Before he can also eliminate her as a witness, he is disturbed by Barclay, Anya's new lover, returning home and has to flee. Barclay discovers the body, but steals away because he is married and fears for his reputation . Eventually Mrs. Phillips, Gillie's aunt, finds the body.

Commissioner Graham of the called police interrogates the residents, Mrs. Phillips and Gillie. The latter, however, withholds her knowledge of the perpetrator, the act and the possession of the gun, as she wants to attract admiration from the neighboring boy Dai Parry with the pistol, and finally gives him the last cartridge from the pistol.

Korchinsky has meanwhile hung on the girl's heels and finds her in church, where she sings in the church choir. He waits until the end, until all but the frightened Gillie have left the church and then follows her to the church tower, where he actually wants to kill her as a witness. But Gillie begins to sing beautifully, and deeply touched, he abandons his plan, but steals the weapon from her. But Gillie is still a danger to him, and so he brings her to the country, where he hides her for a while in a ruin while he looks for a way to escape with a ship in the harbor. Both begin to sympathize with each other and Korchinsky promises her to take them to sea.

However, Dai Parry's mother finds the bullet and informs the police, who begin the manhunt for Gillie. Korchinsky, who asks seafarers about ships that are about to leave the port, learns about it on the radio.

The police now also interrogate Barclay, and at first it looks like the murder weapon belonged to him. But the police have now found out Korchinsky’s identity and are driving towards the port.

Korchinsky finally found a ship and goes on board without Gillie. He only has to manage to reach the three-mile zone on the high seas, because from then on he would be outside the legal area of ​​the police, who would then no longer be allowed to arrest him. But the policemen and Gillie go with a boat alongside the freighter and look for the captain. Gillie claims not to know Korchinsky, wants to hide and falls dramatically overboard. Korchinsky witnesses the disaster and after a moment's hesitation jumps after it to save her. It is now easy for the police to pull him out of the water and arrest him.


Haley Mills is the daughter of John Mills. She made her cinema debut in Tiger Bay at the age of twelve. For the German actor Horst Buchholz, this film was the international breakthrough. In terms of content, Tiger Bay has some parallels to the British crime film A Child Witness from 1952.


The German dubbing was created in 1959 by Rank Film Synchronproduktion Hamburg . Erika Streithorst wrote the dialogue book, Edgar Flatau directed the dubbing . In 1986 the DEFA Studio for Synchronization Berlin produced its own dubbed version for GDR television - Dialog: Klaus Wolf, Director: Wolfgang Thal

role actor Voice actor (FRG) Voice actor (DDR)
Korchinsky Horst Buchholz Horst Buchholz Henry Pretty
Gillie Hayley Mills Marion Hartmann Vivien Maxheimer
Commissioner Graham John Mills Ullrich Haupt Arno Wyzniewski
Barclay Anthony Dawson Wolfgang Engels Werner Ehrlicher
Mr. Phillips Megs Jenkins Ursula Grabley Hannelore Fabry
Anya Yvonne Mitchell Inge Stolten Lilo Grahn
Christine Shari Margret Neuhaus Ingrid Schwienke
George Williams Meredith Edwards Walter Klam Horst Kempe
Mr. Morgan E. Eynon Evans Heinz Piper
Dai Parry Brian Hammond Rainer Erhardt
Choirmaster Kenneth Griffith Herbert Asmis Franz Viehmann
Dr. The Marne Maitland Wolf Rahtjen Peter Hladik
Inspector Bridges Christopher Rhodes Berndt Werner Werner Senftleben
Captain of the "Paloma" George pastel Kurt A. Jung Peter Tepper
Sergeant Harvey George Selway Friedrich Schuetter Thomas Kästner
1st officer of the "Paloma" Paul Stassino Rolf Mamero Michael Telloke
Mrs. Williams Marianne Stone Katharina Treller
Mrs. Parry Rachel Thomas Hela Gruel
Constable Thomas Edward Cast Willy Witte Dieter Memel
police officer David Davies Rudolf Fenner Detlev Witte


“A successful film made safe, in which Horst Buchholz, who plays a Polish sailor and becomes a murderer in the affect, and Yvonne Mitchell, who has already received an award in Berlin for her role in the film ' The Woman in the Morning Dress ', to each other cheer on beautiful acting. A little girl, Hayley Mills, who has inherited the blood of her father John Mills as an actor - he plays the inspector in the ripper - fascinates so much with her charming children's eyes and her lively play that the audience with her wished the murderer to escape and was touched was where it should have been indignant. "

- Die Zeit , July 10, 1959

“An incredibly exciting crime film with melodramatic accents; excellent character drawing, played exceptionally intensely. "


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Tiger Bay / Ich kenne den Moerder (1959) in Arne Kaul's synchronous database ; Retrieved August 28, 2009
  2. Checks and sex again and again . In: Die Zeit , No. 28/1959
  3. Tiger Bay. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used