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Lifeboat

WHO GOES PRIMITIVE FIRST… A MAN… OR A WOMAN… ADRIFT IN AN OPEN BOAT?

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After a German submarine sinks a ship in the North Atlantic, several American and British survivors end up in the same lifeboatā€¦ along with a German. One of Alfred Hitchcock’s thrillers that take place in a confined setting, an intriguing story that becomes an allegory of a less than coordinated Allied response to the Nazis. The motley group of survivors offer entertainment, food for thought and some suspense, especially as Walter Slezak’s German remains a complex, unpredictable character. Tallulah Bankhead is a delight in her first starring vehicle since 1932 as the glamorous reporter who finds the war an adventure.

1944-U.S. 96 min. B/W.Ā Produced byĀ Alfred Hitchcock, Kenneth Macgowan.Ā Directed byĀ Alfred Hitchcock.Ā Screenplay:Ā Jo Swerling.Ā Story:Ā John Steinbeck.Ā Cinematography:Ā Glen MacWilliams.Ā Cast:Ā Tallulah Bankhead (Canstance “Connie” Porter), William Bendix (Gus Smith), Walter Slezak (Willy), Mary Anderson, John Hodiak, Henry Hullā€¦ Hume Cronyn.

Trivia:Ā Hitchcock came up with the idea for Steinbeck’s story. Remade as a TV movie, Lifepod (1993).

Last word:Ā “Hitchcock’s a genius, a real genius. He wanted to teach an important lesson. He wanted to say that you can’t trust the enemy… in ‘Lifeboat’Ā you see clearly that you can’t trust a Nazi, no matter how nice he seems to be.” (Bankhead, The New York Herald Tribune)

 

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