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Encyclopedia > Strangers on a Train (film)
Strangers on a Train
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Produced by Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited)
Written by Patricia Highsmith (novel),
Whitfield Cook (adaptation),
Ben Hecht (uncredited)
Starring Farley Granger,
Ruth Roman,
Robert Walker,
Leo G. Carroll,
Patricia Hitchcock
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Released June 30, 1951
Running time 101 min.
Language English
Budget $1,200,000 (est.)
IMDb profile

Strangers on a Train is a film released in 1951 by Warner Bros. The film was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film starred Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll, Kasey Rogers and Patricia Hitchcock. The movie was based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley. Detective novelist Raymond Chandler wrote an early draft of the screenplay. Image File history File links Summary A promotional film poster for Strangers on a Train (1951). Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was a British film director and producer, a master of the suspense thriller genre. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was a British film director and producer, a master of the suspense thriller genre. ... Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 - February 4, 1995) was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers. ... Ben Hecht (February 28, 1894 – April 18, 1964) was one of the most prolific of all Hollywood screenwriters, even though he professed disdain for the motion picture industry, and a human rights and Zionism activist. ... Actor Farley Granger Farley Granger (born July 1, 1925) is an American actor. ... Ruth Roman (born December 22, 1922 - died September 9, 1999) was an American actress. ... Robert Walker (October 13, 1918 - August 28, 1951) was an American actor. ... Leo G. Carroll as The Professor in North by Northwest. ... Patricia Hitchcock at age 12 with her famous father. ... The WB Shield used from 2003 to present day Warner Bros. ... June 30 is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 184 days remaining. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... The WB Shield used from 2003 to present day Warner Bros. ... Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was a British film director and producer, a master of the suspense thriller genre. ... Actor Farley Granger Farley Granger (born July 1, 1925) is an American actor. ... Ruth Roman (born December 22, 1922 - died September 9, 1999) was an American actress. ... Robert Walker (October 13, 1918 - August 28, 1951) was an American actor. ... Leo G. Carroll as The Professor in North by Northwest. ... Kasey Rogers is an actress who was born in the United States on December 15, 1926. ... Patricia Hitchcock at age 12 with her famous father. ... Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 - February 4, 1995) was an American novelist who is known mainly for her psychological crime thrillers. ... The Talented Mr. ... Raymond Chandler Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an Anglo-American author of crime stories and novels. ...

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Plot

Tennis star Guy Haines (Granger) wants to divorce his unfaithful wife in order to marry the woman he loves, Anne Morton (Roman). Haines meets the unstable and psychotic Bruno Anthony (Walker) on a train and Bruno tells Guy about his idea to exchange murders: Bruno would kill Guy's wife if Guy kills Bruno's father, and then both of them would be 'free' to do whatever they want. Guy does not take Bruno seriously, but Bruno kills Guy's wife and then demands that Guy honors his part of the bargain. Because of the obvious motives he had, Guy is immediately suspected by the police and now he must prove himself innocent. However, it becomes more and more difficult as Bruno makes more appearances to remind Guy about the murder and slowly more people get involved. The Australian Rod Laver, a candidate for the greatest player of all time This article is about the sport. ...


Production

Motifs

Like Shadow of a Doubt, Strangers on a Train is one of many Hitchcock films to explore the doppelgänger theme. The film employs a number of puns and visual metaphors to suggest the motif of double-crossing and crossing one's double. Bruno orders two double drinks on the train in the beginning of the film. Also, Guy's lighter, which plays an important role in the film, features two crossed tennis rackets. A murder committed early in the film is seen doubly reflected in both lenses of the victim's glasses. Even Hitchcock's cameo comes early in the film, as he carries a double-bass — the physical double for the round director. "Isn't it a fascinating design?" Hitchcock said in an interview with François Truffaut; "One could study it forever." Shadow of a Doubt is a 1943 film noir which tells the story of a young woman who thinks that her uncle might be a serial killer. ... A is the ghostly double of a living person. ... François Truffaut. ...

Farley Granger (left) and Robert Walker in Strangers on a Train
Farley Granger (left) and Robert Walker in Strangers on a Train

Farley Granger (left) as Guy Haines and Robert Walker as Bruno Anthony in Alfred Hitchcocks Strangers on a Train (1951). ... Farley Granger (left) as Guy Haines and Robert Walker as Bruno Anthony in Alfred Hitchcocks Strangers on a Train (1951). ... Actor Farley Granger Farley Granger (born July 1, 1925) is an American actor. ... Robert Walker (October 13, 1918 - August 28, 1951) was an American actor. ...

Alternate versions

An early preview edit of the film, sometimes erroneously labeled the "British" version (in fact it was never released in Britain or anywhere else), includes some different scenes than the film as released. Both versions are currently available on DVD.


Differences from the novel

  • The character called Bruno Anthony in the film is called Charles Anthony Bruno in the book, and is far less charming than Robert Walker's incarnation of him.
  • In the film, Guy agrees to kill Bruno's father but instead attempts to warn him about his son's insanity; in the novel, Guy does go through with the murder.

Reaction

Strangers on a Train was called one of the Great Films of all time by Roger Ebert. Roger Ebert (right) with Russ Meyer, 1970. ...


Parodies

Hitchcock's film was the basis for the comedy Throw Momma From the Train (1987), starring Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito. Throw Momma from the Train is a dark comedy film released in 1987. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Billy Crystal Billy Crystal (born March 14, 1947 in Long Beach, New York) is an American actor, writer, producer, and film director. ... Danny DeVito as Louie in Taxi. ...


This method of committing murder has been referenced in several television series. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, in the episode A Night at the Movies, investigated a crime similar to the plot of Strangers on a Train. The idea itself for the crime came from Strangers on a Train. In the episode, two women meet at an art house movie theater. One has a sexual abuse suit against a dentist, the other has a suit against her boss. The two apparently agree to "solve each others problems." One of the women kills the dentist that sexually abused the woman, but the other woman does not hold up her end of the bargain. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ...


Another crime drama series, Law & Order, used Strangers on a Train as the inspiration for an episode. In C.O.D., a delivery man is shot on the stoop of a house in Manhattan, which leads the detectives to his wife, whom he was cheating on with several other women. The other woman in the scheme wanted her husband dead so she could inherit his fortune, which he was attempting to prevent her from spending. Unlike Strangers on a Train, both women committed their individual murders, one before the timeline in the episode, and the other at the beginning. Law & Order is an American televison police procedural and legal drama set in New York City. ...


In an episode of the comedy Peep Show, the two main characters (Mark Corrigan and Jeremy Osborne) decide to get revenge on each other's enemies, with a reference to Strangers on a Train included. Peep Show is a British sitcom starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. ... Mark Corrigan is a fictional character in the UK television show Peep Show, first aired on Channel 4 in 2003 and remains a current cult hit. ... Jeremy Osborne is a fictional character in the UK television show Peep Show, first aired on Channel 4 in 2003 and remains a current cult hit. ...


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