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Based on an unpublished novella by John Steinbeck (written on commission expressly to provide treatment material for Hitchcock's screen scenario), Lifeboat found the Master of Suspense navigating a course of maximal tension – in the most minimal of settings – with a consistently inventive, beautifully paced drama that would foreshadow the single-set experiments of Rope and Dial M for Murder.
 
After a Nazi torpedo reduces an ocean liner to wooden splinters and scorched personal effects, the survivors of the attack pull themselves aboard a drifting lifeboat in the hope of eventual rescue. But the motivations of the German submarine captain (played by Walter Slezak) on the eponymous craft might extend beyond mere survival...

With a cast including Shadow of a Doubt veteran Hume Cronyn and the extraordinary, irrepressible Tallulah Bankhead, this 'picture of characters', as François Truffaut aptly termed the film, oscillates dazzlingly between comic repartée and white-knuckle suspense – a perfect example of 'the Hitchcock touch'.

studio:
Masters of Cinema
Franchise:
Alfred Hitchcock
Director:
Alfred Hitchcock
Certificate:
PG
Character Series:
Alfred Hitchcock
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
2
Series:
Masters of Cinema
Region:
B
Brand:
Eureka!

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Based on an unpublished novella by John Steinbeck (written on commission expressly to provide treatment material for Hitchcock's screen scenario), Lifeboat found the Master of Suspense navigating a course of maximal tension – in the most minimal of settings – with a consistently inventive, beautifully paced drama that would foreshadow the single-set experiments of Rope and Dial M for Murder.
 
After a Nazi torpedo reduces an ocean liner to wooden splinters and scorched personal effects, the survivors of the attack pull themselves aboard a drifting lifeboat in the hope of eventual rescue. But the motivations of the German submarine captain (played by Walter Slezak) on the eponymous craft might extend beyond mere survival...

With a cast including Shadow of a Doubt veteran Hume Cronyn and the extraordinary, irrepressible Tallulah Bankhead, this 'picture of characters', as François Truffaut aptly termed the film, oscillates dazzlingly between comic repartée and white-knuckle suspense – a perfect example of 'the Hitchcock touch'.

studio:
Masters of Cinema
Franchise:
Alfred Hitchcock
Director:
Alfred Hitchcock
Certificate:
PG
Character Series:
Alfred Hitchcock
Main Language:
English
Number of Discs:
2
Series:
Masters of Cinema
Region:
B
Brand:
Eureka!

Customer Reviews

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Worth a watch

Not one of Hitchcock’s best films but still worth watching for fans. It’s a unique concept but the execution is a little flawed. I still enjoyed it. Eureka’s technical presentation is very good.

If you like Hitchcock...

Good movie. Not as good as Dial M for Murder ou Rope, but along those lines. Comes packed with a nice booklet and probably looks the best it’s ever gonna look.