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Strangers on a Train (1951)

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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:
... Guy Haines
... Anne Morton
... Bruno Antony
... Sen. Morton
... Barbara Morton
... Miriam Joyce Haines (as Laura Elliott)
... Mrs. Antony
... Mr. Antony
... Police Capt. Turley
John Brown ... Prof. Collins
... Mrs. Cunningham
... Det. Leslie Hennessey
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Storyline

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 gone. 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 Bruno goes ahead with his half of the 'bargain' and disposes of Miriam. When Guy balks, Bruno makes it 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 to divorce him. 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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Rated PG for some violence and tension | See all certifications »

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30 June 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's 'Strangers on a Train'  »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,630,000
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Ruth Roman and Patricia Hitchcock are watching the tennis match, Ruth gives Patricia a real United States ten dollar bill. Showing real US money in films then was illegal without permission from the US Treasury Department. The Treasury Department later removed the prohibition for the film "Psycho" and later films. See more »

Goofs

When Bruno arrives at the Metcalf train station with the cigarette lighter in hand, a background sign for "Ray's Danbury Diner - Low Prices" can be glimpsed in the background. (The scene was filmed at the Danbury train station.) A minute later, the sign reads "Ray's Metcalf Diner". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bruno Anthony: I beg your pardon, but aren't you Guy Haines?
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Connections

Featured in Murder, She Wrote: Murder Among Friends (1996) See more »

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Oh! You Beautiful Doll
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer
Played when Bruno is helping the blind man cross the street
Also played when the police arrive during the last amusement park scene
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Strangers on a Train - a Review by Jo Henshaw
15 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Lets swap Murders- your wife, my father"- seemingly innocent conversation between two strangers - Bruno Anthony and Guy Haines when they meet over lunch on a train journey. Guy, a solid, respectable tennis player, whose problem is that his wife, the flirtatious Miriam, won't divorce him so he can marry senators daughter Anne, laughs the whole conversation off as a joke. The following week he isn't laughing any more. In a scene of classic Hitchcock suspense, Bruno stalks Miriam through a carnival and strangles her. As he does, her glasses fall off and we see the murder eerily reflected twice through her lenses. Cold hearted and amoral Bruno, his part of the deal completed, approaches an appalled Guy expecting, even pressuring him into 'doing his bit.' Matters are not helped when Anne's precocious and outspoken younger sister turns up suspecting Guy of Miriam's murder. So accused of a murder he didn't commit and expected to commit another, what is Guy going to do? The power of this film is in the presentation of human beings as having a murderous side to their nature - and this Hitchcock does to perfection.


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