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Shipwreck survivors vs. secret sabatour aboard
- William Fox
WW2 survivors of a torpedoed ship don't know a German sub officer is with them. Penetrating revelations about disparate shipwreck survivors adrift in a lonely lifeboat, during WW2 with limited supplies in stormy seas. Sophisticated journalist Tallulah Bankhead is beautiful, but spoiled, snappy and winsome. Why is Willie, Walter Slezak, so strong, charming and full of German songs? Only director Hitchcock could comprehensively conduct challenges in this claustrophobic film and succeed so beguilingly. Screenwriter Jo Swerling adapted John Steinbeck's original story. Simple shipwreck survivors vs. smary secret sabatour aboard.
A small Hitchcock film with remarkable depth. Bankhead won the Best Actress award from the New York Film Critics Circle and has excellent chemistry with Hodiak, in his career best, as two members of a group of survivors from a U-boat attack. Hitchcock gives his most ingenious cameo's and was nominated for an Oscar for directing this unique film set in a single location, a precursor for "Rear Window" in terms of creating suspense in a limited environment . Excellent acting and a great, Oscar-nominated story from John Steinbeck makes this a must-see. I give it a 4.5/5.
Dated WWII prooganda flic
Love 1940 flics, but only the ones that have stood the test of time. Despite a credible cast, this film belongs in the historical bin with great examples of "why we should hate the Nazi's." Guess what, they were done a year after this film was made. Hollywood should have concentrated on how evil the Japanese Empire was. The US lost more lives in the Pacific. And what were all those civilians doing crossing the Atlantic at that time.
One of the best in black and white ( Lifeboat)
This is one of many great black and white movies of its time, with a all star cast the storyline keeps you guessing, you care about the characters just a wonderful movie! This movie won't disappoint, great scenes, and subdued action and suspense, one of Alfred Hictchcocks best!!
Absolutely brilliant film, one of the best character studies ever, thanks to Alfred Hitchcock's expert direction. The cast is nothing short of magnificent, Tallulah Bankhead is a stand-out. Superbly written. A gem of a classic.