Tiger by the Tail
Belgian poster
Directed byJohn Gilling
Screenplay byJohn Gilling
Willis Goldbeck
Based onNever Come Back
by John Mair
Produced byRobert S. Baker
Monty Berman
StarringLarry Parks
Constance Smith
Lisa Daniely
Cyril Chamberlain
Donald Stewart
CinematographyEric Cross
Edited byJack Slade
Music byStanley Black
Distributed byEros Films (UK)
United Artists (US)
Release date
  • 30 May 1955 (1955-05-30)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Tiger by the Tail is a 1955 British crime thriller film directed by John Gilling and starring Larry Parks, Constance Smith, Lisa Daniely and Donald Stewart.[1] It is an adaptation of the novel Never Come Back by John Mair. Larry Parks, who had played 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.[2] It was shot at Walton Studios and on location around London. In 1958 it was distributed in the United States by United Artists under the title Cross-Up.[3]


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.

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  2. ^ "Tiger by the Tail | review, synopsis, book tickets, showtimes, movie release date |". Time Out London. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Cross-Up". TCM. Archived from the original on 22 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Tiger by the Tail (1955)".
  5. ^ "Tiger by the Tail - Sky Movies HD". Skymovies.sky.com. 23 May 2002. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Tiger by the Tail [Cross-Up]". www.derekwinnert.com. 3 September 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2021.