in about 100 words or less
US 101m, B&W
Director: Alfred Hitchcock; Cast: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll,
Patricia Hitchcock, Laura Elliott
As a suspenseful thriller, Strangers on a Train is one of Hitchcock’s finest productions, albeit one of his lesser known. The film is based upon a novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley, which has a similar feel and tone. The story involves Guy Haines, a tennis pro who is manipulated by Bruno Anthony – a psychotic young man who proposes that they should “exchange murders” in order that Guy can escape a failed marriage and that Bruno can escape his father’s control. Thinking that Bruno’s proposal is nothing more than a joke, Guy is shocked to learn that the police want to question him about his wife’s death. In addition to a most interesting screenplay, which includes Hitchcock’s offbeat black humour, Strangers on a Train is film noir at its technical best – beautifully photographed with great plot twists and double crosses – which continue to amuse and entertain (Klaus Ming October 2010).