Lifeboat (1944)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

USA, 1944.  Screenplay by , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .   

Memorable Hitchcock drama entirely takes place on one set. A group of wildly disparate characters are marooned in the middle of the ocean after their cruise liner is sunk by a war plane and they must hack it out in a lifeboat until they are rescued. The bickering and loving, the friendships and conflicts that are constantly played out by the brilliant actors are always fascinating to watch. Flawless editing makes this film surefire entertainment, not to mention a larger-than-life lead performance by the always impressive . Look for Hitchcock’s famous cameo in a newspaper article.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Director (Alfred Hitchcock); Best Original Motion Picture Story; Best Cinematography-BW

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