Press Junket for Strangers on a Train (1951)

Synopsis

Bruno Anthony thinks he has the perfect plot to rid himself of his hated father and when he meets tennis player Guy Haines on a train, he thinks he's found the partner he needs to pull it off. His plan is relatively simple. Two strangers each agree to kill someone the other person wants disposed of. For example, Guy could kill his father and he could get rid of Guy's wife Miriam, freeing him to marry Anne Morton, the beautiful daughter of a U.S. Senator. Guy dismisses it all out of hand but but Bruno goes ahead with his half of the 'bargain' and disposes of Miriam. When Guy balks, Bruno makes it quite clear that he will plant evidence to implicate Guy in her murder if he doesn't get rid of his father. Guy had also made some unfortunate statements about Miriam after she had refused him a divorce. It all leads the police to believe Guy is responsible for the murder, forcing him to deal with Bruno's mad ravings. (written by garykmcd, IMDb)

Director

Alfred Hitchcock

Cast and Crew

Partial Cast and Crew List (IMDb)

Writers
  Screen play
  Raymond Chandler and Czenzi Ormonde
  Adaptation
  Whitfield Cook
  From the novel by
  Patricia Highsmith
  Ben Hecht  Uncredited


Producer

  Alfred Hitchcock … producer (uncredited)


Cast

  Farley Granger  … Guy Haines
  Ruth Roman … Anne Morton
  Robert Walker  … Bruno Antony
  Leo G. Carroll … Sen. Morton
  Patricia Hitchcock … Barbara Morton
  Laura Elliott … Miriam Joyce Haines
  Marion Lorne … Mrs. Antony
  Jonathan Hale … Mr. Antony
  Howard St. John  … Police Capt. Turley
  John Brown  … Prof. Collins
  Norma Varden … Mrs. Cunningham
  Robert Gist  … Det. Leslie Hennessey

Original Music
  Dimitri Tiomkin


Cinematographer

  Robert Burks  (director of photography)


Editor

  William Ziegler  (film editor)

Awards, Nominations, Festivals

1952 - Alfred Hitchcock nominated for Best Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
           (Director's Guild of America)
1952 - Robert Burks nominated for Best Cinematography, Black and White (Academy Awards)
1951 - Won National Board of Review (NBR) Top Ten Films


Other Information:

 REVIEWS

 

American Film Intstitute (AFI) - Catalogue Entry for STRANGERS ON A TRAIN.

 

Laurie Boeder, "Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train:  A Creepy Classic with a Memorable Villain," About.com Classic Movies.

 

Bosley Crowther, "'Strangers on a Train,' Another Hitchcock Venture, Arrives at the Warner Theatre," New York Times, The Screen Review, July 4, 1951.

 

"Review: Strangers on a Train," Variety, December 31, 1950.