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Strangers on a Train -- A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder... a theory which he plans to implement.

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Director:
Writers:
Raymond Chandler (screen play) and
Czenzi Ormonde (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
30 June 1951 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Now a very special Alfred Hitchcock event! A hundred and one breathless minutes of matchless suspense! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
The Movie Is A Major Improvement Over The Book See more (246 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Farley Granger ... Guy Haines

Ruth Roman ... Anne Morton

Robert Walker ... Bruno Antony

Leo G. Carroll ... Sen. Morton

Patricia Hitchcock ... Barbara Morton

Kasey Rogers ... Miriam Joyce Haines (as Laura Elliott)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Allen ... Policeman (uncredited)
Murray Alper ... Boatman (uncredited)
Monya Andre ... Dowager (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Tennis Umpire (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Tennis Judge (uncredited)
John Butler ... Blind Man (uncredited)
Leonard Carey ... Anthonys' Butler (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Miriam's Boss (uncredited)
Jack Cushingham ... Fred Reynolds (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Detective at Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Det. Hammond (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Policeman (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Tommy Farrell ... Miriam's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Train Passenger Requesting Light (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Lt. Campbell (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Carnival Game Proprietor (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Man Under Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Boarding Train Carrying a Double Bass (uncredited)
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Secretary (uncredited)
Edna Holland ... Mrs. Joyce (uncredited)
J. Louis Johnson ... Mortons' Butler (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Detective at Carnival (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Louis Lettieri ... Boy with Balloon (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Policeman at Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Bystander at Drain (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ... Man on Train (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Bystander at Drain (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Judge Donahue (uncredited)
Ralph Moody ... Seedy Man at Carnival (uncredited)
Roland Morris ... Miriam's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Odette Myrtil ... Madame Darville (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Tennis Match Spectator (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Bystander at Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)
Minna Phillips ... Dowager (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... Monsieur Darville (uncredited)
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Bystander at Merry-Go-Round Wreck (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Minister (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Cop (uncredited)
Janet Stewart ... Girl (uncredited)
Shirley Tegge ... Girl (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ... Mrs. Anderson (uncredited)

Joe Warfield ... Soda Jerk (uncredited)
Howard Washington ... Waiter on Train (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Bill (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Bystander at Drain (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
Raymond Chandler (screen play) and
Czenzi Ormonde (screen play)

Whitfield Cook (adaptation by)

Patricia Highsmith (from the novel by)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin (original music by)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler (film editor) (as William Ziegler)
 
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth  (as Edward S. Haworth)
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Bill Phillips .... makeup (uncredited)
Myrl Stoltz .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Dellar .... assistant director (uncredited)
C. Carter Gibson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Armor Marlowe .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bud Graybill .... still photographer (uncredited)
Norman C. McClay .... best boy (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
Charles O'Bannon .... gaffer (uncredited)
William Schurr .... second camera (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leah Rhodes .... wardrobe
Robert O'Dell .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Margaret Ross .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
 
Other crew
Barbara Keon .... production associate
Jack Cushingham .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Rita Michaels .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (produced by) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture) (as Warner Bros. Pictures)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's 'Strangers on a Train'" - USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some violence and tension (new rating) (re-issue) (1996)
Runtime:
101 min | Portugal:96 min (cut version) | 103 min (preview version) | West Germany:92 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:U (re-release) | Germany:12 (DVD) | Italy:16+ | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1951) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | South Africa:PG | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) (2004) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 (cut) (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 (uncut) (1964) | UK:PG | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #14946) | USA:PG (new rating) (re-issue) (1996) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This was the last full feature for Robert Walker who died eight months after filming finished from an allergic reaction to a drug.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Bruno strangles Miriam at the amusement park, she is seen, in the reflection of her glasses lens, being forced to the ground on her back. In the next close-up shot when Bruno retrieves the cigarette lighter next to Miriam's head, she is face down on the ground.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Bruno Anthony:I beg your pardon, but aren't you Guy Haines?
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Band Played OnSee more »

FAQ

What's the difference between the U.S. and U.K. versions of "Strangers on a Train"?
List: Murder swaps
Where is Hitchcock's cameo in this movie?
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35 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
The Movie Is A Major Improvement Over The Book, 10 April 1999
Author: Jack Waite (jwaite100@aol.com) from Philadelphia, PA, USA

Usually, it is the other way around, but in this case, the movie is a major improvement over the original book.

I had seen this wonderful movie at least a dozen times, before I managed to find a copy of the book it was taken from....the book has the same title and was written by Patricia Highsmith.

I scoured the used bookstores for years, before I finally found a copy, and because the movie was SO good, I could not wait to begin reading the story in its original version.

I was never so disappointed!

Not because the book is unreadable...but because Hitchcock made such vast improvements over the book that the book simply does not come close to measuring up to the movie version.

That said, let me now comment on Robert Walker's amazing performance as Bruno Antony.

This was Robert Walker's last completed performance...he died while shooting his final film, "My Son John," in August, 1951.

This role as Bruno was the performance of his career!

Perfect in every way.

The movie has been around now for nearly half a century. I see it every time it is shown on television, and I also watch the tape I have of it occasionally.

Robert Walker's performance only seems to improve with each new viewing.

I can not recommend this movie highly enough.

If Hitchcock and Robert Walker can read me, up there in heaven, let me congratulate them both on an absolutely superlative job!

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