Press Junket for Strangers on a Train (1951)
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)
Cast and Crew
Partial Cast and Crew List (IMDb)
Raymond Chandler and Czenzi Ormonde
From the novel by
Ben Hecht Uncredited
Alfred Hitchcock … producer (uncredited)
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
Robert Burks (director of photography)
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
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.