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Strangers on a Train ()


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A psychopath forces a tennis star to comply with his theory that two strangers can get away with murder.

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Guy Haines
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Anne Morton
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Bruno Antony
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Sen. Morton
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Barbara Morton
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Miriam Joyce Haines (as Laura Elliott)
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Mrs. Antony
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Mr. Antony
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Police Capt. Turley
John Brown ...
Prof. Collins
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Mrs. Cunningham
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Det. Leslie Hennessey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Allen ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Boatman (uncredited)
Monya Andre ...
Dowager (uncredited)
Benjie Bancroft ...
Police Officer (uncredited)
Harry Baum ...
Tennis Match Spectator (uncredited)
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Tennis Umpire (uncredited)
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Tennis Judge (uncredited)
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Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Blind Man (uncredited)
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Anthonys' Butler (uncredited)
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Miriam's Boss (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Cushingham ...
Fred Reynolds (uncredited)
John Daheim ...
Detective at Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)
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Det. Hammond (uncredited)
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General - Party Guest (uncredited)
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Policeman (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Miriam's Boyfriend (uncredited)
Tom Ferrandini ...
Linesman (uncredited)
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Train Passenger Requesting Light (uncredited)
Kay Garrett ...
Tennis Match Spectator (uncredited)
Robert Haines ...
Bus Driver (uncredited)
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Tennis Match Spectator (uncredited)
Sam Harris ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Lt. Campbell (uncredited)
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Carnival Game Proprietor (uncredited)
Harry Hines ...
Man Under Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)
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Man Boarding Train Carrying a Double Bass (uncredited)
Mary Alan Hokanson ...
Secretary (uncredited)
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Mrs. Joyce (uncredited)
J. Louis Johnson ...
Mortons' Butler (uncredited)
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Tennis Match Spectator / Carnival Attendee (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Detective at Carnival (uncredited)
Perc Launders ...
Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Louis Lettieri ...
Boy with Balloon (uncredited)
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Policeman at Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)
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Bystander at Drain (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ...
Man on Train (uncredited)
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Bystander at Drain (uncredited)
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Judge Donahue (uncredited)
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Seedy Man at Carnival (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ...
Boatman (uncredited)
Roland Morris ...
Miriam's Boyfriend (uncredited)
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Madame Darville (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Tennis Match Spectator (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Bystander at Merry-Go-Round (uncredited)
Minna Phillips ...
Dowager (uncredited)
Anthony Redondo ...
Train Passenger (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ...
Monsieur Darville (uncredited)
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Bystander at Merry-Go-Round Wreck (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ...
Minister (uncredited)
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Cop (uncredited)
Janet Stewart ...
Girl (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
Shirley Tegge ...
Girl (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ...
Mrs. Anderson (uncredited)
Joe Warfield ...
Soda Jerk (uncredited)
Howard Washington ...
Waiter on Train (uncredited)
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Bill (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ...
Carnival Patron (uncredited)
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Bystander at Drain (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alfred Hitchcock

Written by

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Raymond Chandler ... (screen play) and
Czenzi Ormonde ... (screen play)
 
Whitfield Cook ... (adaptation)
 
Patricia Highsmith ... (from the novel by)
 
Ben Hecht ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Alfred Hitchcock ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Dimitri Tiomkin ... (original music by)

Cinematography by

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Robert Burks ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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William H. Ziegler ... film editor (as William Ziegler)

Art Direction by

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Ted Haworth ... (as Edward S. Haworth)

Set Decoration by

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George James Hopkins

Makeup Department

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Gordon Bau ... makeup artist
Bill Phillips ... makeup (uncredited)
Myrl Stoltz ... hairdresser (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mel Dellar ... assistant director (uncredited)
C. Carter Gibson ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner ... production illustrator (uncredited)
Armor Marlowe ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Dolph Thomas ... sound

Special Effects by

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Hans F. Koenekamp ... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)

Stunts

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Paul Baxley ... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Durward 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

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Leah Rhodes ... wardrobe
Robert O'Dell ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Margaret Ross ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)

Music Department

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Ray Heindorf ... musical director

Script and Continuity Department

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Rita Michaels ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Other crew

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Barbara Keon ... production associate
Jack Cushingham ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Production Companies

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  • Warner Bros. (presents) (produced by) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Bruno Antony 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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Taglines Now a very special Alfred Hitchcock event! A hundred and one breathless minutes of matchless suspense! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Alfred Hitchcock's 'Strangers on a Train' (United States)
  • L'inconnu du Nord-Express (France)
  • Der Fremde im Zug (Germany)
  • Extraños en un tren (Spain)
  • Estranys en un tren (Spain, Catalan title)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Budget $1,200,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The stunt where the man crawled under the carousel was not done with trick photography. Sir Alfred Hitchcock claimed that this was the most dangerous stunt ever performed under his direction, and would never allow it to be done again. See more »
Goofs When Bruno drops the lighter down the sewer, he tells the bystanders, he needs help retrieving his cigarette CASE. Perhaps Bruno thought it would sound more important if he said he'd dropped a case rather than a mere lighter. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into My Son John (1952). See more »
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Quotes Senator Morton: Poor unfortunate girl.
Barbara Morton: She was a tramp.
Senator Morton: She was a human being. Let me remind you that even the most unworthy of us has a right to life and the pursuit of happiness.
Barbara Morton: From what I hear she pursued it in all directions.
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