Tiger by the Tail (1955 film)

Tiger by the Tail, also known as Cross-Up,[1] is a 1955 British crime film directed by John Gilling and starring Larry Parks, Constance Smith, Lisa Daniely and Donald Stewart.[2] It is an adaptation of the novel Never Come Back by John Mair. Larry Parks, a memorable Al Jolson in The Jolson Story, had fallen foul of America's House Un-American Activities Committee, and had his first film role for four years starring in this British low budgeter.[3]

Tiger by the Tail
Belgian poster
Directed byJohn Gilling
Produced byRobert S. Baker
Monty Berman
Screenplay byJohn Gilling
Willis Goldbeck
Based onNever Come Back
by John Mair
StarringLarry Parks
Constance Smith
Lisa Daniely
Donald Stewart
Music byStanley Black
CinematographyEric Cross
Edited byJack Slade
Distributed byEros Films
Release date
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


An American journalist works to expose a criminal gang in London. However, his investigation of their counterfeiting activities leads to his kidnapping by the gang.

Main cast

Critical reception

  • The Radio Times described the film as "a tatty little tale."[4]
  • Sky Movies called it a "thoroughly routine British `B' thriller...Familiar situations and backdrops give a competent cast ... little chance to elevate their material above the ordinary. Director John Gilling, who also co-scripted, ensures the thriller is competent in all departments if no more."[5]


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