Lifeboat opens with the fog over the North Atlantic parting and a solitary Connie Porter (Talluah Bankhead) appearing in a lifeboat – the setting for the remainder of the film.
Following an attack on a ship by a German U-Boat, drifting survivors (a woman with a baby, ship-hands, an industrialist, the captain of the sunken U-boat) one by one start to fill the boat. What follows is a tightly wound claustrophobic drama of conspiracy, deception and mistrust amid the backdrop of the second world war.
Although it was Hitchcock who conceived the film's central idea, it was John Steinbeck who, at the director's request, expanded and moulded the story into the tale that was filmed. However,