STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, quickly became one of Alfred Hitchcock's most successful thrillers and remains one of his most popular films. En route from Washington, D.C., champion tennis player Guy Haines (Farley Granger) meets pushy playboy Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker). What begins as a chance encounter turns into a series of morbid confrontations, as Bruno manipulates his way into Guy's life. Bruno is eager to kill his father and knows Guy wants to marry a senator's daughter (Ruth Roman) but cannot get a divorce from his wife, Miriam (Laura Elliot). So Bruno suggests the men swap murders, which would leave no traceable clues or possible motives. Though Guy refuses, it will not be so easy to rid himself of the psychopathic Bruno. The film is tightly paced and disturbing from beginning to end, an effect heightened by Hitchcock's inventive camera work, including a terrifying sequence shot through a pair of eyeglasses that have been knocked to the ground.
Robert Walker - American Actor, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, ONE TOUCH OF VENUS
Marion Lorne - American actress
Jonathan Hale - Character Actor
Leo G. Carroll - British Actor/"Mr. Waverly"
Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
Sir Alfred Hitchcock - Director/screenwriter/producer, VERTIGO, THE BIRDS, PSYCHO
Farley Granger - American Actor
Laura Elliot - American Actress
Ted Haworth - Production Designer
Edward Haworth - Production Designer
Edward S. Haworth - Production Designer
Ruth Roman - American Actress
Patricia Hitchcock - American Actress\H's Kid
Dimitri Tiomkin - Composer
Raymond Chandler - American Crime Noir Author
This picture quickly became one of Alfred Hitchcock's most successful thrillers and remains one of his most popular films. Undoubtedly one of his finest films, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN transforms a highly improbable situation into a series of logical events that inexorably lead to murder. A psychopathic man plans what he thinks is an "exchange murder" with a stranger he meets on a train.
Hitchcock cameo: See Hitch boarding the train with a double bass, echoing the duality theme that is prevalent throughout the film. The film is based on the Patricia Highsmith novel STRANGERS ON A TRAIN. Hitchcock paid $7,500 dollars for the rights to the novel. Patricia Hitchcock, the director's only daughter, is featured in a supporting role. When Hitchcock could not sign William Holden for the role of the tennis pro, Farley Granger was hired instead.
"...STRANGERS ON A TRAIN remains a timeless treat, a marvelous display of Hitchcock's absolute mastery of his medium and a deliciously dark comedy as well..." - 11/18/1996 Los Angeles Times, p.F5
"...Walker is spine-chilling....With intense attention to detail and award-winning photography, this is Hitchcock at his best..." - 10/01/2000 Total Film, p.114
"[A] first-rate thriller with odd little kinks now and then. It proceeds, as Hitchcock's films so often do, with a sense of private scores being settled just out of sight." - 12/21/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.3
"STRANGERS is one of Hitch's best." - 07/01/2004 Premiere, p.116
"Alfred Hitchcock launched his richest period with this rousing adaptation..." - 09/10/2004 USA Today, p.6D