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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 »
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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 »
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One of the most critical work of Alfred Hitchcock! See more (250 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)

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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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:
Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the original novel anonymously to keep the price down, and got them for just $7,500.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Behind the photographers just before the start of the tennis match we can see a scoreboard showing a completed 5-set match.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Bruno Anthony:I beg your pardon, but aren't you Guy Haines?
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Soundtrack:
Strangers on a Train (Main Title)See more »

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
One of the most critical work of Alfred Hitchcock!, 13 October 2006
Author: ali ilyas (mianaliilyas786@hotmail.com) from Lahore, Pakistan

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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