Tallulah Bankhead
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Tallulah Bankhead
Tallulah Bankhead
, William Bendix
William Bendix
, Walter Slezak
Walter Slezak
Alfred Hitchcock


Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Tuesday, December 14


Seeking a creative challenge after several years' worth of fairly elaborate melodramas, director Alfred Hitchcock stages all of the action in Lifeboat in one tiny boat, adrift in the North Atlantic. The boat holds eight survivors of a Nazi torpedo attack: sophisticated magazine writer/photographer Constance Porter (Tallulah Bankhead), Communist seaman John Kovac (John Hodiak), nurse Alice MacKenzie (Mary Anderson), mild-mannered radio-operator Stan (Hume Cronyn), seriously wounded Brooklynese stoker Gus Smith (William Bendix), insufferable-capitalist Charles Rittenhouse (Henry Hull), black-steward George Spencer (Canada Lee) and half-mad passenger Mrs. Higgins (Heather Angel), who carries the body of her dead baby. This adroitly calculated cross-section of humanity is reduced by one when Mrs. Higgins kills herself. After a day or so of floating aimlessly about, the castaways pick up another passenger, Willy (Walter Slezak), who is a survivor from the German U-boat. At first everyone assumes that Willy cannot speak English, but when the necessity arises he reveals himself to be conversant in several languages and highly intelligent; in fact, he was the U-boat's captain. As the only one on board with any sense of seamanship, Willy steers a course to his mother ship, while the others resign themselves to being prisoners of war. After it becomes necessary to amputate Gus's leg, Willy decides that the burly stoker is excess weight; while the others sleep, he tosses Gus overboard, watching dispassionately as the poor man drowns. When the rest of the passengers discover what he's done, all of them (with one significant exception) violently gang up on Gus, and once more, the lifeboat drifts about sans navigation.

Related collections and offers

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2017
UPC: 0738329207427
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Time: 1:37:00
Sales rank: 8,054

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tallulah Bankhead Constance Porter
William Bendix Gus Smith
Walter Slezak Willy, the German submarine commander
John Hodiak John Kovac
Hume Cronyn Stanley Garett
Mary Anderson Alice MacKenzie
Henry Hull Charles 'Ritt' Rittenhouse
Canada Lee George "Joe" Spencer
Heather Angel Mrs. Higgins
William Yetter German Sailor

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
James Basevi Art Director
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank E. Hughes Set Decoration/Design
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Kenneth MacGowan Producer
Glen MacWilliams Cinematographer
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Guy Pearce Makeup
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Dorothy Spencer Editor
John Steinbeck Screenwriter
Jo Swerling Screenwriter

Customer Reviews