Director Petrie went back to his Canadian upbringing as he wrote and produced this nostalgic look at life in Glace Bay on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. The story wanders a bit, as most reminiscences do, and shoots off in many directions, as life does. The result is a modest achievement
at best. Sutherland (son of actor Donald) is the "Bay Boy" of the title. The time is 1937, and the Depression has overwhelmed the area. Sutherland lives with his parents (Ullmann and Donat), a poor family, barely able to eke out a living in the harsh area. The parents would like their son to join
the priesthood, but the thought of celibacy is unappealing--he likes the two young si...