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Strangers on a Train

Friday the 19th of January

The first person to spot the director's cameo wins a valuable prize!


USA: 1951 -- Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Starring Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman and Patricia Hitchcock (Alfred’s daughter)

Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, author of the Mr. Ripley series!

"You do my murder, I do yours. Criss-cross!"


From its cleverly choreographed opening sequence to its heart-stopping climax on a rampant carousel, this 1951 Hitchcock classic readily earns its reputation as one of the director's finest examples of timeless cinematic suspense. It's not just a ripping-good thriller but a film student's delight and a perversely enjoyable battle of wits between tennis pro Guy (Farley Granger) and his mysterious, sycophantic admirer, Bruno (Robert Walker), who proposes a "criss-cross" scheme of traded murders. With an emphasis on narrative and visual strategy, Hitchcock controls the escalating tension with a master's flair for cinematic design. Better still, the two-sided DVD edition of this enduring classic includes both the original version of the film and also the longer prerelease British print, which offers a more overt depiction of Bruno's flamboyant and dangerous personality, and his homoerotic attraction to Guy by way of his deviously indecent proposal. In accordance with the cautious censorship guidelines of the period, Hitchcock would later tame these elements of Walker's memorable performance by trimming and altering certain scenes, so the differences between the original and prerelease versions provide an illuminating illustration of censorship's effect on the story's thematic intensity. Beyond all the historical footnotes and film-buff fascination, Strangers on a Train remains one of Hitchcock's crowning achievements and a suspenseful classic that never loses its capacity to thrill and delight. --review by Jeff Shannon

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and a spare ticket for the carousel!

"It's Off The Beaten Track!" (original tagline)

Farley Granger and Robert Walker Robert Walker and Farley Granger

Awards

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Black and White Cinematography


Memorable Quotes

Bruno Anthony: "Don't worry, I'm not going to shoot you, Mr. Haines. It might disturb Mother."

Barbara Morton: "Oh, Daddy doesn't mind a little scandal. He's a senator."

Barbara Morton: "I still think it would be wonderful to have a man love you so much he'd kill for you."


Trivia

The stunt where the man crawled under the carousel was not done with trick photography. Hitchcock claimed that this was the most dangerous stunt ever performed under his direction, and would never allow it to be done again.

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Goofs

There are two tennis balls on the court when Guy's match play begins.


Original Strangers on a Train poster Hitchcock and Jack Warner