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Strangers on a Train (1951)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  30 June 1951 (USA)
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A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder...a theory that he plans to implement.



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Complete credited cast:
Miriam Joyce Haines (as Laura Elliott)
Jonathan Hale ...
Mr. Antony
Howard St. John ...
Police Capt. Turley
John Brown ...
Prof. Collins
Robert Gist ...
Det. Leslie Hennessey


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

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A tennis star plays a match with murder! See more »


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Release Date:

30 June 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's 'Strangers on a Train'  »

Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£23,764 (UK) (13 August 1999)


£23,764 (UK) (13 August 1999)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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While the script was still being worked on, Alfred Hitchcock went to the Forest Hills tennis club in New York to film the Davis Cup matches between Australia and the U.S. for long shots of Guy competing. See more »


A crew member is reflected in the car door when the two detectives get out of the car at the station they have chased Guy to. See more »


[first lines]
Bruno Anthony: I beg your pardon, but aren't you Guy Haines?
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The Band Played On
(1895) (uncredited)
Music by Chas. B. Ward
Lyrics by John F. Palmer
Sung by Kasey Rogers, Tommy Farrell, Roland Morris and Robert Walker while riding the merry-go-round
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One of the most critical work of Alfred Hitchcock!
13 October 2006 | by (Lahore , Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Once Alfred Hitchcock said that good movie requires three things, good script, good script and good script. Surely this thing is very much depicted in this movie. The movie is about a tennis player (Fraley Granger) who has an unfaithful wife and a beautiful girlfriend. In the train he meets with a stranger (Robert Walker) who is infatuated to kill his father. Farley tells him about his chronics and casually stranger offers a very compelling proposal that I kill yours and you kill mine. And that the point where Hitchcock captivates his audience. Hitchcock had handled the neurotic sense of the movie immaculately and it mesmerizes you till the end of the movie. All the cast performed very well and the plot was very persuasive. No doubt its one of the best works of Hitchcock and for Hitchcock fans it's very much indulging.

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