Lifeboat (1944)

 


 

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Genre: Thriller,War

Lifeboat (1944)
   
Release Date: 28 January 1944 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast:
  • Tallulah Bankhead
  • William Bendix
  • Walter Slezak
  • Mary Anderson
  • John Hodiak
  • Henry Hull
  • Heather Angel
  • Hume Cronyn
  • Canada Lee


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34 Responses to Lifeboat (1944)

  1. jescci
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    Was Gus’leg really gangrenous? Granted it was nasty, bu did it really need to be amputated? Or was the German – who was proven later to be a liar – just trying to eliminate survivors, one piece at a time if necesarry?

    What say there, Fuzzy Britches? Feel like talking?

  2. donhuann
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    the movie is Ok.Also you can see The genius of hitchcock with a simple scene;So you wanna lose weight with hitchcock way then check this link :)

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  3. ajmaineman
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    avoid this out dated movie at all costs

  4. antsinyourplants
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    so let’s say this ship isn’t likely or never happened at all. and so and so is racist and the truth will come out and the rediculous and absurd cheer… where’d they go to the toilet?

  5. chet19
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    Man, did Hitchcock phone it in or what on this movie? I fell asleep more often than Gus did. And then when I was awake, I had to suffer through a bunch of liberals trying to spare the life of a poor innocent Nazi. And then when another shows up, with a gun this time, they won’t harm him either. At least the boring parts didn’t infuriate me as much as the libs did.

  6. PvtRolandBozz
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    Now upon creating this message I may think I may have been mistaken the whole time but Gus was german or was he a german jew?

    I thought so maybe he said he changed his name because of the germans and that being jewish but perhaps he’s just saying the nazi’s gave him a bad name.

    Cause the line "remember your name is schmidt" first came off to me (me thinking he was jewish) as either an honorable or a very dishonorable line. I thought so maybe the german was saying to the jew to be proud of his name regarldess and that he should have never changed it, or either that he should remember he is a jew and then pushing him into the water.

    the truth is we can’t all be stars, but I’ll be god damned if I’ll settle for bronze….

  7. jkildow71
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    Whats up with calling the only black person on the boat "Charcoal". I thought that was extremely odd. Has anyone ever heard of anything on this?

  8. bing148
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    Okay, think about it, what did Willy do that was THAT evil.

    Did he try to mislead them at first and take them to his supply ship? Yes. But then again, he’d be a fool not to. If they got him to their base, he’d be a prisoner of war. Vice versa applies, why should he want to be a prisoner of war instead of making the enemy one?

    Then the main thing people look upon is his pushing Gus overboard and hiding the water/ration pills. But again, he’d be a fool not to. They’d all agreed that their best chance at survival was making it to the German ship. Yes, they’d be sent to a concentration camp, a POW camp, not one of the ones they used for the Jewish people and other ‘undesirables’. No easy place to be but nowhere near as poor conditions. They’d have had beds and food/water. They’d have likely made it to the end of the war. A lot better than drowning on a boat in the middle of the ocean.

    Yes, he pushed Gus. Many look to this as going with Nazi beliefs about the useless of cripples. Thematically it does say that, same with the mentally ill woman who there is no evidence he had anything to do with killing. Thematically, its saying what the Nazis are doing to these people. But story wise, he didn’t kill Gus because he was a cripple, otherwise he’d have never done the amputation in the first place. He killed him because he saw his water and kept talking about it. Everyone was asleep but he knew Gus would spill the beans. He also had a good reason for ‘holding out on them’. He was doing all the heavy lifting. He had to stay up all the time, rowing and rowing. Without that water, he’d never have made it. Are a bunch of dehydrated starving people going to understand that? No but it is logical, the person who has to do the work and is most important to your survival is the one who most needs the supplies.

    See what happened when they all found out? Fairly obvious that it would. He couldn’t let them find out about the water so he did what he had to do. Harsh? Yes, majorly, but necessary in his eyes. Does he do some bad things? For sure, but at the same time, he’s really no more evil than any enemy soldier to the enemy during war. Its actually a lot more balanced than one would expect to see in a movie made DURING the war. Which is why its kind of a shame how one dimensional the ending is.

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  9. pynkpanther
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    YAY!

    the story’s being told in the form of a documentary about canada lee

    http://www.blacklistthemovie.com

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0498328/

    canada lee made this movie ground-breaking but most of the cast couldn’t accept him speaking as intelligently as most black persons did in that time (with the exception of bendix, who asked him when he was going to knock the others out for saying horrible things to him not loud enough so hitchcock could hear).

    this is just what the world needs – the truth.

    i simply LOVE that these actors are finally being exposed and the strength of canada lee and others like him and the crap they had to deal with just to ACT is coming out.

  10. bhoover247
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    I realize this film was made during WWII, but there is still no excuse for the xenophobic ending with the young German wanting to shoot the people who saved him. Even the dialogue was embarrassing racist. "What are we going to do about people who think like this?". Hitchcock made some great movies and this one could have been a good character study. The ending exposed it for what it was a wartime propaganda film that will be dismissed as a minor effort that should be quickly forgotten.

  11. OAKTREELIVE03
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    If anyone could point me in the direction of either a transcript or screenplay for this movie I’d appreciate it. I found one on script-o-rama, but it doesn’t list who is speaking each line.

  12. bdr92
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    The movie is anti German it’s full of racism you can see the scene when they rescue the German boy ….the movie impresion aim to give us general picture of German people who are bunch of murders that they are ready to kill anyone even if some one rescue them am not german but i hate that US Propaganda

    hitchcock racism as manifested in the black man character that show us he was a thief

  13. TruPretender
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    Hey!

    Check out this video on youtube about Hitchcock and his feminist theory. It’s a really cool and insightful video! It’s the best Hitchcock homage/tribute/visual essay I’ve had!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndjVHKcCMzk



    I’m livin’ in desperate times. Bein’ alive’s my only crime…

  14. mjkbncb
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    I’ve always been curious about some of the things Willy did. We know he lied about what his job had been aboard the U-boat upon first being picked up by the Americans. He initially told them that he’d worked below decks, when in fact he’d been the U-boat’s captain. He also lied about not being able to speak English. We witnessed him sneakily drinking water from a flask while poor Gus was delerious with thirst. And then we saw him mercilessly push Gus overboard. My point is, Willy was clearly an evil man who we were all glad to see killed in the end.

    But now I’m wondering, did Willy kill the woman whose baby died? When the life boat occupants woke up the following morning, they found her chair overboard, and Kovac had no choice but to cut the rope. But had Willy murdered her during the course of the night, tossing her chair overboard as callously as he later did with Gus? Considering what we did see him do later on in the film, he ws certainly capable of such cruelty.

    Also, did Gus’ leg really need to be amputated, or was Willy enjoying a sadistic thrill by claiming that it had to be cut off and then taking part in the half-fast surgery?

    Let’s not forget, there were scenes in witch Hitchcock’s masteful suspence kept us on the edge of our seats that showed Willy plotting and scheming. Like, when George was playing his flute, oblivious to the fact Willy was stealthily creeping closer to him. I really do believe that Willy intended to do harm to him, but was cut short when Kovac and the others focused their attention on him.

    The one thing I never understood is how Mrs. Porter knew that Willy was the skipper. And the way she forced the confession out of him was rather simplistic. Willy was a vicious man, true, but hardly a fool. For her to simply call out "Herr Kapitan," and for him to turn to her and respond, "Yeah?"….It just seems to me that he was too clever to have allowed himself to slip up like that.

    A four star film, nonetheless.

  15. alpinebixby
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    The commentary by film professor and Hitchcock chair Drew Casper said that in this movie Hitch blends two art movements into one:

    German Expressionism

    –an interest in human psyche, a character’s thoughts, emotions, subjective state, conscious and unconscious, dream and nightmare, especially the dark side of the psyche with resulted in the German Expressionist resort to the concept of Doppleganger in a construction of character, moral ambiguity.

    –uses the following techniques to get us inside character:

    *working within the frame

    *interest in images spacial qualities

    *thematic use of visual design, costume, hair style, makeup, set, set dressing, prop, lighting, credit design, special effects

    *interest in composition, framing, staging, and photographing

    *particularly composition in depth, foreground, background, medium ground, all in focus, usually involving a long period of time

    *all of the relationships that can be ellicited from careful work of framing, staging, and photographing

    *and particularly using the composition and depth and long-take photography as a primary way of structuring a scene

    *exploring the subjectivity of the camera

    Soviet Expressive Realism

    *worked from frame to frame to frame developing a temporal qualities of the image of a scene, particularly a montage as a way of visually structuring a scene

    *short take

    *collision with two shots or within a shot with images that are so strikingly opposed that they would either create a phychological effect and/or an intellectual concept in the audience

    *used to manipulate an audience to the director’s means

    Directors using in depth techniques: V. Minelli, George Kukor, William Wilder, FF Copola, M Knight Shiamalan (spelling?)

    Directors using montage: Wells, Fosse, Stanley Donen, Michael Bay

    Both styles underlined the importance of the director

  16. missiveusa
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    Anybody know if Mister Hitchkock does his usual cameo in this great classic? If so, when?!!

  17. darlakarla
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    I can understandIngrid Bergman for Gaslight and Barbar Stanwyckfor Double Idemnityand maybe Claudette Colbert forSince you went away, But Tallulah should have gotten a nomination(not necessarily the Oscar for this film, It was really her only cahnce to get one, and then in the end, she Never recceived one which is a shame. Did the acadamy just not like her?

  18. christianrothsch
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    If you really want to see a great kiss just slow motion the kiss between these two when they are going through the storm at sea! Boy, now that was a great kiss!! No peck on the lips for those two!!! I need a cigarette!!!!

  19. Charlie_Spenser_Chaplin
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    they through of the week into the sea during a storm, in some part of the movie, theres a kid and his parents, his parents ribs are broken or something, so they through them of, theres a dog in it too?

    HBP will ROCK, well, it should, the book did.

  20. onepotato2
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    Ugh.. the wussy, breathy sincerity of the gushing film nerd. You can be smart and excited about a movie without me wanting to punch you for your stinking hyperbole. He finds every annoying superficiality and thinks he’s deep. Just listen to his rotten disection of Tallulah Bankhead at the twenty minute mark. I just couldn’t get through it, and I’ll listen to anyone discuss a film.

  21. mrplow0056
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    I’m just wondering if anyone trusted the Willy at the start. If so, how long did you? Personally he had me completely fooled until he started talking to the one-legged guy about Rosie.

    If you have telekinesis, raise my hand.

  22. ammum
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    Sorry if this has already been covered. Can anyone supply me with the context of Tallulah’s line "egads and little fishes"? Thanks!

  23. Scifiboy666
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    I just love that laugh! I think it’s one of the best moments of the movie, when her bracelet goes overboard! She basically has lost everything, and she realizes this when she gives that first little chuckle. When she just starts laughing and realizes her bracelet is gone too, I think it’s a fine example of her wonderful acting!

  24. andycfd
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    im from chicago and does anyone know where i can find out the chicago exchange between connie and the guy.

    or just post it here itd be mightly appreciated

    thanks

  25. argentinexport
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    I don’t know German. Was Tallulah actually speaking German and if so, how fluent was it?

    Can anyone that actually speaks German tell me?

    Thanks!

  26. CinemaBuff84
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    She looked a lot like Bette Davis especially in the scene that she’s lying all over Kovac she looked like her twin. For some reason I thought Bette Davis was in this film then I thought to myself that this is 1944 so Bette Davis would look relatively youthful good & mistook Bankhead for Bette but while watching the movie I realized it obviously wasn’t her but their was a striking resemblance to an older Bette Davis.

  27. Anonymous
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  28. Noley
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  29. Moannugs
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    i liked this movie but hume cronyn’s faux british accent is a f’in abomination….it starts out american for the first few minutes of his apperance in the film and then suddenly shifts to a horrible attempt at a british accent….

  30. iluvshirley
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    Of course, we know that Walter Slezak’s accent was real and it’s already been commented that Hume Cronyn’s was not the greatest. But, what about Talullah Bankhead? She was born in the south but her accent sounds so polished for that. Did she always speak like that or just in this movie? I think I recall her talking this way all the time. She did a great job speaking german. Does anyone know if she had a background with languages or did she learn some when she was in England acting?

    What an interesting movie. I have moments when I don’t like it too much but I’m always impressed by it when I watch it. All this great acting done on one small, boat. After watching this recently, I enjoyed reading about Canada Lee now too. His life was very interesting and sad.

  31. tmaj48
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    If the ship was torpedoed, how did Tallulah Bankhead’s character have time

    to get her suitcase, makeup case, and typewriter into the lifeboat? Everyone

    else escaped with the clothes on their backs.

    I’m not crying, you fool, I’m laughing!

  32. Anonymous
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  33. dgates64
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    For being 1944, the whole movie seemed well made. Two things stood out. The missing leg of the guy amputated was really well done. I couldn’t see where they tucked his leg back or anything. I even checked up on the actor’s profile to see if he was an amputee to begin with.

    But a really bad effect was the fish going for the bracelet underwater. The fish itself looked fake, but you could also see the line that was pulling the fish towards the bait.

  34. Jim
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    The Hitchcock spot is in the newspaper that is being read. It shows a before and after of dieting. I understand that he actually did lose a lot of weight and these are real pictures. I still would however like to know if Bankhead did actually speak German

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