Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tallulah Bankhead prepares for a scene in Lifeboat 1944

The glamorous life of a movie star...

Tallulah Bankhead receives a shower while filming Alfred Hitchcock's 1944 film, Lifeboat. A prop man uses a watering can to drench the star.

Property Man Using Watering Can to Give Tallulah Bankhead Shower During Filming of "Lifeboat."

Tallulah Bankhead as Constance "Connie" Porter
Photo by Peter Stackpole
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A handful of people are adrift on a lifeboat. They struggle for survival after having survived a shipwreck in WWII. A German Naval officer is aboard the lifeboat. The characters' physical and psychological struggles will keep you interested and they may make you thirsty.

Joining Ms. Bankhead in the cast are Mary Anderson, Heather Angel, William Bendix, Hume Cronyn, Canada Lee, John Hodiak, Henry Hull and Walter Slezak.

One of the most clever Hitchcock cameos can be found in this film. As the director himself could not suddenly pop up in the lifeboat, his image is seen in a newspaper advertisement. It's in before and after pictures in an ad for Reduco Obesity Slayer. Hitchcock said in an interview that he was proud since he'd recently lost weight at that time. 



Hume Cronyn 6 of his best film roles, Lifeboat-Cocoon  

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