Genre Grandeur – Lifeboat (1944) – Encore Review 2 – MovieRob

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Hitchcockian Films, here’s a review of Lifeboat (1944) by Me

Thanks again to Michael Eddy for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Vinnie of Vinnie H. and it is Historical True Story Films.

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Let’s see what I thought of this movie:


“Now, now, now, we’re all sort of fellow travelers in a mighty small boat, in a mighty big ocean. And the more we quarrel, criticize and misunderstand each other, the bigger the ocean gets and the smaller the boat.” – Ritt

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (video in 1991, cable, DVD, 16 Sep 2013 and 26 Jan 2015 and 30 Jan 2018)

Link to original reviewHere and Here

Brief Synopsis – A group of survivors on a lifeboat drifting at sea must work together in order to survive.

My Take on it – Over the years, I have been working my way through all of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, 53 to be exact and I now have only 7 that I have yet to see (eventhough I still haven’t reviewed 11 of them… I hope to get to them all soon tho)

After having seen 46 of them, I still believe that thios is my favorite and among the best of them all.

This film allows us to see a group of characters stuck in a close quartered environment which allows the suspense factor to be multiplied.

The cast of this film is spectacular and each allows their characters to have a different voice when debating the pros and cons of the situation(s) that they find themselves in.

This allows us to see the varying viewpoints of such situations which is amazing to watch unfold.

We get to see how the mental and physical tolls of the events affect each of the characters in different ways which allows us to get a very interesting view on the psychological effects on people when they find themselves in a crisis situation.

The script is nearly perfect and is accentuated by spectacular dialogue which gives us so much insights into the lives of each of these characters as they all try to come to terms with the events depicted.

This film was written by none other than famed author John Steinbeck who does a wonderful job here.

Bottom Line – By far my favorite of all of Hitchcock’s films.  The suspense is multiplied because the characters are all in a close quartered environment.  The cast is spectacular and each of them has a different voice that allows us to see varying viewpoints of the conflict at hand. The physical and emotional tolls on each of the characters allows us to get a very interesting perspective into the psychological effects on people during a crisis.  The script is perfect because it relies so much on its superb dialogue written by none other than famed author John Steinbeck. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #1 – During filming, several crew members noted that Tallulah Bankhead was not wearing underwear. When advised of this situation, Alfred Hitchcock observed, “I don’t know if this is a matter for the costume department, makeup, or hairdressing.”

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #2 – Asked why he had decided not to have any musical score during the narrative of his film Lifeboat, Alfred Hitchcock reasoned that the audience wouldn’t know where the music was coming from in the middle of an ocean: the composer David Raskin replied “Ask Mr Hitchcock to explain where the camera came from and I’ll tell him where the music comes from”.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)


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11 thoughts on “Genre Grandeur – Lifeboat (1944) – Encore Review 2 – MovieRob

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  2. terrific movie. terrific trivia bits (the 1st about Bankhead I heard Hitchcock tell himself when I was in film school). I would also add that he was hard-pressed to come up with a way to do his usual cameo appearance in this due to the unusual circumstances of the setting of the film. His original thought was to be a dead body floating past at the start, but his more ingenious idea was to appear as the “before” half of a weight loss ad in a newspaper being read by one of the people in the lifeboat.


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