Lifeboat (film)

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Dying together's even more personal than living together.

Lifeboat is a 1944 film about several survivors of a torpedoed ship who find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sank it.

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Jo Swerling, based on a novella by John Steinbeck.
Who goes Primitive first...A man...Or a woman...adrift in an open boat? (taglines)

Connie Porter[edit]

  • Dying together's even more personal than living together.
  • We're not like you! You're made of iron, we're just flesh and blood! Hungry and thirsty flesh and blood!


  • [to the delirious Gus] There's Rosie! She's waiting for you! [Willy pushes Gus overboard]

Charles D. 'Ritt' Rittenhouse[edit]

  • [seeing a bejewelled Connie in a fur coat as he enters the lifeboat] Connie! Did you come from the freighter or the Stork Club?

Gus Smith[edit]

  • My name is Schmidt, but I changed it to Smith. That's what I got against these guys more than anything else. They make me ashamed of the name I was born with. I got a lot of relatives in Germany. For all I know this guy may be one of them. I say throw him to the sharks!


Connie Porter: [speaking of the disaster] Reminds me of an air raid once that hit me in Chunking.
John Kovac: Reminds me of a slaughterhouse I once worked in in Chicago. Those Nazi buzzards — a tin fish ain't enough. They've got to shell us too!

Gus Smith: [referring to Willie] A guy can't help being a German if he's born a German, can he?
John Kovac: Neither can a snake help being a rattlesnake if he's born a rattlesnake! That don't make him a nightingale! Get him out of here!

John Kovac: As of now I'm skipper, and anybody who don't like it can get out and swim to Bermuda. What about that?
Gus Smith: I'll buy it.
Stanley 'Sparks' Garrett: Suits me. What about you, Miss?
Alice MacKenzie: I'm for it.
George 'Joe' Spencer: Yes, sir!
Charles D. 'Ritt' Rittenhouse: Well, if the rest agree.
Connie Porter: All right, Commissar, what's the course?

Willy: [fixing her diamond bracelet] Looks like bits of ice.
Connie Porter: I wish they were.
Willy: They're really nothing but a few pieces of carbon crystallized under high pressure at great heat.
Connie Porter: Quite so, if you want to be scientific about it.
Willy: I'm a great believer in science.
Connie Porter: Like tears, for instance. They're nothing but H2O with a trace of sodium chloride.


  • Who goes Primitive first...A man...Or a woman...adrift in an open boat?
  • What happens when six men and three women are alone in an open boat?
  • Six men and three women — against the sea and each other.


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