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Strangers on a Train -- Hitchcock's super-thriller about two passengers who meet accidentally and plot to "exchange" murders,a tennis star who wants out of his marriage.
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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Release Date:
30 June 1951 (USA) See more »
Now a very special Alfred Hitchcock event! A hundred and one breathless minutes of matchless suspense! See more »
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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Amazing performance by Robert Walker See more (255 total) »


  (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)

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)
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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Rated PG for some violence and tension (new rating) (re-issue) (1996)
101 min | Portugal:96 min (cut version) | 103 min (preview version) | West Germany:92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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:12 (re-rating) | 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 | UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #14946) | USA:PG (new rating) (re-issue) (1996) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Director Cameo: [Alfred Hitchcock]early in the film boarding a train carrying a double bass fiddle as Guy gets off the train (see also his cameo in The Paradine Case (1947)).See more »
Continuity: As Bruno approaches the fairground, following Miriam, the position of his hands changes between shots, from clasped behind his back, to lighting a cigarette.See more »
[first lines]
Bruno Anthony:I beg your pardon, but aren't you Guy Haines?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "NCIS: The Inside Man (#7.3)" (2009)See more »
Bill Grogan's GoatSee more »


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39 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Amazing performance by Robert Walker, 4 July 2006
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

"Strangers on a Train" was one of those film classics I had always heard about but somehow never gotten around to actually seeing. I finally watched it a few weeks ago and, as always with any Hitchcock movie, it not only stood up to the test of time, it far surpassed most thrillers being made today. You can see the inspiration for future action movies here - the climactic ending with the out-of-control merry-go-round and the two villains dueling each other reminded me of the big action sequence at the end of Jan de Bont's "Speed." Of course, "Strangers" is over forty years older than "Speed" and contains no modern special effects, but the visceral thrill is there - Hitchcock was a true genius.

The not-so-subtle gay side of Bruno (Robert Walker in an amazing performance) has taken form in many other psycho-stalker-figures in future movies. Consider him a male version of Jennifer Jason Leigh in "Single White Female." He knows about Guy before he even meets him on the train - we almost get the feeling their contact isn't incidental - and is soon entirely obsessed with him.

Hitchcock loved the Oedipial elements in his movies (also see "Psycho" for more blatant undertones) and there's a lot of that here. Bruno hates his father and wants him to die so he can be with his mother. His effeminate ways and obvious homosexuality must have just slipped by the censors in 1951, when gays were not "allowed" to be portrayed on the screen - yet Hitchcock gets the message through effectively when we see Bruno in the lounge on the telephone wearing a very non-masculine robe, flirting with Guy and responding to his mother.

The deep layers of this movie make it a fast-paced thriller than you can return to again and again - unfortunately it's being remade as a big-budget Hollywood production, but after seeing the original I honestly can't imagine anything surpassing the sheer white-knuckle thrills of this movie.

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