Tiger in the Smoke

(Ray Ward Baker, UK, 1956)


The fog machine is hardly ever off in this static, talky mystery-thriller so typical of the British cinema of the 1940s and '50s.

Muriel Pavlow plays a nervy, bewildered woman terrorized by sights and signs of her presumed-dead husband.

The good guys who try to protect her person and fortune are elegantly dressed, stoic and quietly spoken, while the bad guys are loutish street criminals with names like Jack Havoc.

Don't miss the crazy moments of sudden high style that look like scenes from The Third Man (1949) as directed by Sergei Eisenstein.

© Adrian Martin January 1993

Film Critic: Adrian Martin
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