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Lifeboat (1944)

 -  Thriller | War  -  28 January 1944 (USA)
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Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

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Storyline

In the Atlantic during WWII, a ship and a German U-boat are involved in a battle and both are sunk. The survivors from the ship gather in one of the boats. They are from a variety of backgrounds: an international journalist, a rich businessman, the radio operator, a nurse, a steward, a sailor and an engineer with communist tendencies. Trouble starts when they pull a man out of the water who turns out to be from the U-boat. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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u boat | german | survivor | nurse | steward | See more »

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Six men and three women - against the sea and each other. See more »

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Thriller | War

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28 January 1944 (USA)  »

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Lifeboat  »

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Budget:

$1,590,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tallulah Bankhead was cast in the film because Alfred Hitchcock wanted to use "the most oblique, incongruous person imaginable in such a situation". She was Hitchcock's first choice for the role of Constance 'Connie' Porter. See more »

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Only Charles holds Joe's family photo as they stand together. However, the close up shows Joe's hand holding the picture on left, with Charles' hand on the right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[indistinct shouting]
John Kovac: Ahoy there!
[climbs into boat]
John Kovac: Lady, you certainly don't look like somebody that's just been shipwrecked.
Connie Porter: Man, I certainly feel like it.
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Soundtracks

Heidenroslein, Op.3, No.3, D 257
(1815) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
Poem by Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Played on flute by Henry Hull and Sung in German by Walter Slezak
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One of Hitchcock's best that rarely gets a mention. Don't overlook this one!
26 March 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'Lifeboat' must be extremely high on the list of THE most underrated Alfred Hitchcock movies! I very rarely hear anyone talk about this little gem, which is a damn shame as it is as good as many of Hitch's better known films. The plot is simple but the film makes the most of it with inventive direction, a strong script, and an interesting ensemble cast, most of whom are very good. I believe that Tallulah Bankhead irritates many people but I thought she was effective enough and well cast. I must say I was much more interested in Walter Slezak who played the Nazi and John Hodiak the tattooed tough guy. Both were excellent performances that really added to my enjoyment of the movie. Anybody who likes Hitchcock who hasn't seen 'Lifeboat' is in for a treat. Don't overlook this one. It's dated in some ways sure, but still much more entertaining than 90% of today's so-called thrillers. I strongly recommend it.


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