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Strangers on a Train (1951)

aka Strangers on a Train

"It begins with the shriek of a train whistle and ends with shrieking excitement! Young America's idol - a good looking stranger in search of sensation - and a girl in love. These are the people around whom Alfred Hitchcock spins his wonderful new web of suspense and surprise. WARNER BROS. bring a pounding new tempo to motion picture entertainment."

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Details: 101 mins · English, French · PG (USA)

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An original that drags

Classic Hitchcock with great lighting and fun camerawork. At times though the movie seems to forget what tone it wants to keep and flips between well paced drama, and super speed slapstick. The Acting is good from mostly everyone except the main character and this coupled with some painfully long sections about tennis can cause the film to feel its age. If your a Hitchcock fan, or just love thrillers this one is important to see on principle, but I wouldn't advise it to the casual viewer.

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Cast:

Small Guy Haines
Small Anne Morton
Small Bruno Anthony
Small Sen. Morton
No_movie_poster Barbara Morton
Small Mrs. Cunningham
Small Mrs. Anthony
Small Mr. Anthony
Small Police Capt. Turley
No_movie_poster Prof. Collins
No_movie_poster Leslie Hennessy
Small Miriam Joyce Haines
Small Man Boarding Train Carrying a Double Bass

Crew:

Small Alfred Hitchcock Director
Small Alfred Hitchcock Production
No_movie_poster Barbara Keon Producer
No_movie_poster Ben Hecht Screenplay
No_movie_poster Czenzi Ormonde Screenplay
No_movie_poster Dimitri Tiomkin Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Dolph Thomas Sound Designer
No_movie_poster George James Hopkins Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Gordon Bau Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Patricia Highsmith Novel
No_movie_poster Patricia Highsmith Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Raymond Chandler Screenplay
No_movie_poster Robert Burks Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Ted Haworth Art Direction
No_movie_poster Whitfield Cook Screenplay
No_movie_poster William H. Ziegler Editor

Taglines:

"It begins with the shriek of a train whistle and ends with shrieking excitement! Young America's idol - a good looking stranger in search of sensation - and a girl in love. These are the people around whom Alfred Hitchcock spins his wonderful new web of suspense and surprise. WARNER BROS. bring a pounding new tempo to motion picture entertainment."

"It's Off The Beaten Track!"

"You'll be in the grip of love's strangest trip!"

"A tennis star plays a match with murder!"

Plot:



Amateur tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) wants to divorce his vulgar and unfaithful wife Miriam (Laura Elliott), so he can marry the elegant and beautiful Anne Morton (Ruth Roman), daughter of a senator (Leo G. Carroll). While on a train to meet Miriam, Haines encounters Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker), a pushy stranger who recognizes Guy from gossip items in the newspapers and wants to discuss his marital problems. During lunch in Bruno's compartment, Bruno tells Guy about his idea for the perfect "criss-cross" murder(s): he will kill Miriam, and in exchange Guy will kill Bruno's father. Since they are unconnected strangers, there is no identifiable motive for the crimes, and therefore no suspicion from the police. Guy hurriedly departs the compartment, but leaves Bruno thinking he has agreed to the deal. Guy accidentally leaves his cigarette lighter behind, and Bruno pockets it. Guy meets Miriam at her work, where she decides to call off the divorce and play the Washington political wife. Guy threatens Miriam, then calls Anne and tells her he wants to "strangle" Miriam.

Bruno arrives in Guy's hometown and follows Miriam and her two beaux to an amusement park, where he strangles her to death. Guy's alibi — a college professor who was inebriated when they met — cannot remember their meeting on the train. Guy's chances of being implicated increase when Bruno appears repeatedly to remind Guy that he is now obliged to kill Bruno's father.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1951-07-03 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1951-06-30 : United States of America

DVD : 1997-08-27

DVD : 1997-06-11