Lifeboat Overview:

Lifeboat (1944) was a Thriller/Suspense - War Film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, Darryl F. Zanuck, Kenneth Macgowan and William Goetz.

Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyGlen MacWilliamsNominated
Best DirectorAlfred HitchcockNominated
Best WritingJohn SteinbeckNominated
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Lifeboat

By Barry P. on May 18, 2019 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1944) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; Screenplay by Jo Swerling; Story by John Steinbeck; Starring: Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, John Hodiak, Henry Hull, Canada Lee and Hume Cronyn; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ****½ “The intent of ... Read full article


A Challenge for All: ‘Lifeboat’ (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944)

By Virginie Pronovost on Jul 6, 2018 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

After a non-movie related post on The Doors, I’m back to my old habits with good old Hitchcock. Yes, we discussed his films a lot on this blog and this isn’t going to stop! The occasion, today, is Maddy’s Second Annual Hitchcock Blogathon that she’s hosting on her blog Maddy ... Read full article


Lifeboat (1944, Alfred Hitchcock)

By Andrew Wickliffe on May 18, 2018 From The Stop Button

Lifeboat never feels stagy, which is one of the film?s greatest successes. The entire thing takes place in a single lifeboat, with director Hitchcock not doing many medium or long shots of the lifeboat exterior. All the action is with the actors, Hitchcock using distinctive composition?Glen MacWilli... Read full article


Blu-ray Review: Lifeboat

By Devon Powell on Apr 9, 2017 From Hitchcock Master

Distributor: Kino Lorber Release Date: March 21, 2017 Region: Region A Length: 01:36:58 Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC) Main Audio: 2.0 English DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz, 16-bit) Subtitles: English (SDH) Ratio: 1.39:1 Bitrate: 24.91 Mbps Notes: A DVD edition of this title was previously released by 20t... Read full article


Lifeboat (1944)

By Beatrice on Oct 27, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Lifeboat Directed by Alfred Hitchcock By John Steinbeck, Screenplay by Jo Swerling 1944/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Repeat viewing/Netflix rental John Kovac: [referring to Willie] Neither can a snake help being a rattlesnake if he’s born a rattlesnake! That don’t make... Read full article


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Quotes from

Willy: [to the delirious Gus] There's Rosie! She's waiting for you!
[Willy pushes Gus overboard]


Charles D. 'Ritt' Rittenhouse: Well, folks, we're in business again!


Gus Smith: A guy can't help being a German if he's born a German, can he?
John Kovac: [referring to Willie] Neither can a snake help being a rattlesnake if he's born a rattlesnake! That don't make him a nightingale! Get him out of here!


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For the German-dubbed version the challenge was to maintain the tension between the English-speaking majority in the boat vs. Willy and Connie Porter talking German. This problem was "solved" having Willy pretend to be a Dutch volunteer with the Kriegsmarine and shifting the Willy-Porter conversation to the Dutch language.
The harsh conditions of the shoot took its toll: actors were soaked with water and oil, which led to two cases of pneumonia for Tallulah Bankhead, an illness for actress Mary Anderson and two cracked ribs for actor Hume Cronyn, according to his autobiography. Production was temporarily halted twice to allow for recovery of the cast.
The film was shot entirely on a restricted set in which the boat was secured in a large studio tank. Alfred Hitchcock, always striving for realism, insisted that the boat never remain stationary and that there always be an added touch of ocean mist and fog compounded of oil forced through dry ice.
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