Tiger by the Tail (1955 film)
Tiger by the Tail, also known as Cross-Up, is a 1955 British crime film directed by John Gilling and starring Larry Parks, Constance Smith, Lisa Daniely and Donald Stewart. 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.
|Tiger by the Tail|
|Directed by||John Gilling|
|Produced by||Robert S. Baker|
|Screenplay by||John Gilling|
|Based on||Never Come Back|
by John Mair
|Music by||Stanley Black|
|Edited by||Jack Slade|
|Distributed by||Eros Films|
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.
- Larry Parks - John Desmond
- Constance Smith - Jane Claymore
- Lisa Daniely - Anna Ray
- Donald Stewart - Macauly
- Cyril Chamberlain - Foster
- Ronan O'Casey - Nick
- Alexander Gauge - Fitzgerald
- Ronald Leigh-Hunt - Doctor Scott
- June Rodney - Young Psychiatric Nurse
- Joan Heal - Annabella
- Thora Hird - Mary
- Doris Hare - Nurse Brady
- Marie Bryant - Melodie
- Russell Westwood - Sam
- John H. Watson - Truscott
- Robert Moore - Clarke
- Hal Osmond - Charlie
- Frank Forsyth - Sergeant Gross
- Alastair Hunter - Hotel Clerk
- Margot Bryant - Cleaning Woman (uncredited)
- The Radio Times described the film as "a tatty little tale."
- 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."
- "BFI | Film & TV Database | TIGER BY THE TAIL (1955)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
- "Tiger by the Tail | review, synopsis, book tickets, showtimes, movie release date |". Time Out London. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
- "Tiger by the Tail - Sky Movies HD". Skymovies.sky.com. 23 May 2002. Retrieved 12 April 2014.