Film, Drama

Time Out says

The setting is confined to a lifeboat in the Atlantic occupied by survivors from a torpedoed passenger-carrying freighter and the commander of the U-Boat responsible (Slezak). The idea was to contrast the singleminded Nazi against democracy's comparatively feeble representatives, but the script, started by Steinbeck and finished by Hitchcock, appears too calculated. It's worth seeing, though, for Hitchcock's handling of actors in a confined setting, which incidentally introduces an elusive sense of size, a perspective that is heightened by much of the film being shot in close or semi-close-up. Half the time you'd swear the lifeboat is enormous.

By: CPe


Release details

96 mins

Cast and crew

Alfred Hitchcock
Jo Swerling
Tallulah Bankhead
Heather Angel
Henry Hull
Canada Lee
William Bendix
Walter Slezak
Mary Anderson
John Hodiak
Hume Cronyn
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