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Huntsville Library shows Tallulah Bankhead classic

"Lifeboat" (1944) stars Huntsville native Tallulah Bankhead as part of an ensemble cast.
"Lifeboat" (1944) stars Huntsville native Tallulah Bankhead as part of an ensemble cast.
Blu-ray cover from 20th Century Fox

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library kicks off its "Favorites from Hitchcock" series on Monday, April 28, 2014, with a free screening of the classic thriller, "Lifeboat" (1944). The movie begins at 6 pm in the second floor events room of the main library location.

"Lifeboat" stars Huntsville native Tallulah Bankhead as one of several survivors from a sunken ship trapped together in a small lifeboat. The tense situation is made worse by the arrival of a German survivor from the Nazi U-boat that sank the Allied ship. John Hodiak, Hume Cronyn, Walter Slezak, William Bendix, and Canada Lee also star.

Another Alabama actress, Mary Anderson, has an important supporting role in the picture. Anderson, who was born in Birmingham in 1918, died on April 6, 2014.

"Lifeboat" earned three Oscar nominations, including a nod for Hitchcock as Best Director and for John Steinbeck as the author of the film's original story. It garnered its third nomination for its striking black-and-white cinematography.

Visit the official website of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library to learn more about this and other upcoming events. The main library is located at 915 Monroe Street near downtown Huntsville.

Jennifer Garlen writes as the Huntsville and National Classic Movies Examiner. Her newest book, "Beyond Casablanca II: 101 Classic Movies Worth Watching," is available for Kindle at Amazon.

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