The Russian Tiger Girl is set against a colorful circus background. The title character is Lena (Lena Kasatina), daughter of a circus employee. Enjoying a rapport with the troupe's wild animals, Lena soon becomes a top attraction. Sailor Petya Mokin (L. Bykov) wants to take Lena away from the sawdust trail, but she's in love with daredevil motorcyclist Fyodor (Peter Kodochnikov). The romance is resolved in a totally predictable fashion, though the actors are appealing and their performances convincing. Unusual for a Russian picture of the mid-1950s, Tiger Girl contains next to none of the usual Soviet propaganda.