Lifeboat (film)

Lifeboat is a 1944 American drama thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock from a story by John Steinbeck. The film stars Tallulah Bankhead with William Bendix. Also in the cast are Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson and John Hodiak. Additional roles in the boat were from Henry Hull, Heather Angel, Hume Cronyn, and Canada Lee. It is set entirely on a lifeboat launched from a sinking passenger vessel following a World War II naval attack.

Several British and U.S. civilians, service members and merchant marines are stuck in a lifeboat in the North Atlantic after their ship and a Uboat sink each other in combat. Willi Walter Slezak, a German survivor, is pulled aboard and denies being the Uboats captain. During an animated debate, Kovac John Hodiak demands the German be thrown out to drown. However, the others object, with Stanley Hume Cronyn, wealthy industrialist Rittenhouse Henry Hull and columnist Connie Porter Tallulah Bankhead, who speaks German, succeeding in arguing that he be allowed to stay. Porter, initially alone in the boat, had managed to bring her luggage with her, and her primary concern at first is a run in her stocking. She is thrilled at having filmed the battle between the two vessels, but her movie camera is the first in a series of her possessions to be lost overboard in a succession of incidents.Among the passengers is a young British woman Heather Angel whose infant child is dead when they are pulled from the water. After being treated by a U.S. Army nurse, Alice Mary Anderson, she must be tied down to stop her from hurting herself. The woman, to whom Porter had lent her mink coat, sneaks off the boat while the other passengers sleep, drowning herself in the night, taking Porters fur with her. Willi is revealed to be the Uboat captain. ........

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