Tiger Bay (March 30, 1934)

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Tiger Bay
 

Released on March 30, 1934: A British upper crust man visits the poorest slums in the South Pacific in search of love, and discovers death and destruction on the way.

Directed by J. Elder Wills

The Actors: Anna May Wong (Lui Chang), Henry Victor (Olaf), Lawrence Grossmith (Whistling Rufus), Margaret Yarde (Fay), Rene Ray (Letty), Victor Garland (Michael), Ernest Jay ('Alf' Alfred), Wally Patch (Wally), Graham Soutten (Stumpy), Brian Buchel (Tony), Judy Kelly (bar girl), Ruth Ambler (unknown)

 

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Let's Go Slumming!

This adventure in the Asian South Seas area brings back memories of my first wife and the rough and tumble suburb full of hard working blue collar steel workers she lived in. The great-granddaughter of the first Prime Minister of modern Greece, her father was a genteel well-educated man who left Greece for America and with a limited English vocabulary made his living as a janitor in a steel mill that was only a short walk from the house. Being that close to the belching smoke stacks of a large steel mill meant that only the poorest, least educated and toughest folk lived around them in the old and inexpensive homes of the neighborhood. Living and experiencing that neighborhood for a while gave me a priceless education in the lives and loves of the less fortunate people that live on the fringes of society. Just like in the wealthiest neighborhoods I could find wonderful, kind and loving people right next to cut-throat savages . . . all living together in a strange stew of life that somehow seemed to work. Of course, my experience isn't exactly like that of the hero of this motion picture . . . my wonderful Greek wife eventually tossed me to the curb and went on to bigger and better things as I continued to stumble my way through life searching for my passion and reason for being. And unlike our well-bred and well-heeled hero, I was pretty well educated, but from a family that was poorer than most of the urchins in Tiger Bay. As the movie opens we join the conversation of well-bred and wealthy British men in conversation about love in the slums. Do people in poor slums experience love like the wealthy folk do? Most of the men in the room feel that poor slum folk are too busy scratching out an existence to experience love and beauty, but one young fellow with a rosy outlook thinks that he could find beautiful love stories even in the poorest and roughest neighborhoods. One of the other fellows suggests that Michael visit a slum area known as 'Tiger Bay,' an area where poverty, and death are daily visitors. With more enthusiasm and hope than brains he travels to the slum area to experience the other side of life, and our adventure begins. He discovers a saloon run by the daughter of a deposed ruler of China, reduced to living and working among the roughest characters in town. Our hero soon gets involved with the Chinese beauty (Anna May Wong) and her young blonde charge, a girl whose father was one of her father's best friends. When a big tough guy and his henchmen try to put the saloon out of business because she will not pay them protection money our hero steps in to help. Be warned that although he eventually finds the lady of his dreams, there will be death and destruction that may surprise you if you have never experienced the wild side of life. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter and enjoy the show.

Anna May Wong in Tiger Bay
Anna May Wong in Tiger Bay
Anna May Wong and Lawrence Grossmith
Anna May Wong and Lawrence Grossmith
Anna May Wong and Margaret Yarde
Anna May Wong and Margaret Yarde
Anna May Wong dances for the customers
Anna May Wong dances for the customers
Anna May Wong watches the fight
Anna May Wong watches the fight
Henry Victor and Margaret Yarde
Henry Victor and Margaret Yarde
Judy Kelly in Tiger Bay
Judy Kelly in Tiger Bay
Lawrence Grossmith as Whistling Rufus
Lawrence Grossmith as Whistling Rufus
Margaret Yarde, 1934
Margaret Yarde, 1934
Margaret Yarde and Ernest Jay in Tiger Bay
Margaret Yarde and Ernest Jay in Tiger Bay
Margaret Yarde as Fay in Tiger Bay
Margaret Yarde as Fay in Tiger Bay
Rene Ray and Anna May Wong
Rene Ray and Anna May Wong
Rene Ray and Margaret Yarde
Rene Ray and Margaret Yarde
Rene Ray and Victor Garland
Rene Ray and Victor Garland
Rene Ray as Letty
Rene Ray as Letty
Rene Ray in Tiger Bay
Rene Ray in Tiger Bay
Victor Garland and Anna May Wong
Victor Garland and Anna May Wong
Victor Garland and Margaret Yarde
Victor Garland and Margaret Yarde