Strangers on a Train

The Movie Snob checks in with another classic.

Strangers on a Train  (B+).  I caught this 1951 Hitchcock film at The Magnolia, and I quite enjoyed it.  Two strangers meet on a train somewhere on the east coast.  One is Guy Haines (Farley Granger, They Live by Night), a professional tennis player who wants a divorce from his unpleasant and uncooperative wife so he can be with his true love, a senator’s daughter.  The other is Bruno Antony (Robert Walker, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo), a creepy socialite who seems to know an awful lot about Guy and his problems.  When Bruno casually proposes that he could murder Guy’s wife if Guy would murder Bruno’s father, Guy brushes him off.  He quickly learns that he shouldn’t have done that.  In short, Strangers is a well-plotted little suspense movie.  Hitchcock’s daughter Patricia (Psycho) has a small but important role as the senator’s other daughter.  Check it out if you get the chance.

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5 comments on “Strangers on a Train

  1. […] (B).  This is the 1940 classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock (Strangers on a Train) and starring Joan Fontaine (Suspicion) and Laurence Olivier (Clash of the Titans).  I quite […]

  2. […] the world be a better place, Joaquin muses to Emma, if this judge died?  If Emma had ever seen Strangers on a Train, she might have taken this idle chatter as a big hint to RUN AWAY as fast as she could.  But hey, […]

  3. […] eight and nine, Side Street and Where Danger Lives. In Side Street, an ex-GI (Farley Granger, Strangers on a Train) living in NYC with his young wife (Cathy O’Donnell, They Live by Night) in her […]

  4. […] — and up to their necks in classic film-noir danger.” Bowie Bowers (Farley Granger, Strangers on a Train) is a 23-year-old convict. He busts out with two other hardcases, and while they’re lying […]

  5. […] Court.  I also saw and liked two Hitchcock movies I had never seen before, namely Rebecca and Strangers on a Train.  The delightful Shirley Jones made for a delightful musical in The Music Man.  And I got a kick […]

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