Alfred Hitchcock (1944)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This tense Second World War drama from director Alfred Hitchcock has the distinction of being shot on what looks like the smallest ever film set - the action takes place exclusively on board a lifeboat after a liner is torpedoed by a Nazi sub. As so often in Hitchcock's films, the suspense lies not in the audience being kept in the dark about the identity of the villain, but in making us watch and wait while the characters find it out for themselves. Tallulah Bankhead is the pick of an exceptional cast, but it's all about Hitch's matchless ability to create, shatter and re-create tension until our nerves are frayed.


The survivors of a torpedoed passenger ship are set adrift in a lifeboat. As they pull out other survivors from the sea, they realise one of them is the U-boat commander responsible for the disaster. Alfred Hitchcock's Second World War drama, starring Tallulah Bankhead, Walter Slezak, William Bendix, Hume Cronyn and Henry Hull.

Cast & Crew

Connie Porter Tallulah Bankhead
Gus William Bendix
Willy, U-boat captain Walter Slezak
Alice Mary Anderson
Kovak John Hodiak
Rittenhouse Henry Hull
Mrs Higgins Heather Angel
Stanley Garrett Hume Cronyn
George "Joe" Spencer Canada Lee
Director Alfred Hitchcock
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Other Information

Language: English / GermanBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray