June 30, 1951 in US cinemas: Strangers On A Train

“It starts with a shriek of a train whistle…and ends with shrieking excitement!”

Strangers_on_a_Train-1951Strangers on a Train is an American psychological thriller film noir produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and based on the 1950 novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith. It was shot in the autumn of 1950 and released by Warner Bros. on June 30 the next year. The film stars Farley Granger, Ruth Roman and Robert Walker, and features Leo G. Carroll, the director’s daughter Pat Hitchcock and Laura Elliott.

The story concerns two strangers who meet on a train, a young tennis player and a Cinema-US-06-30-1951charming psychopath. The psychopath suggests that because they each want to “get rid” of someone, they should “exchange” murders, and that way neither will be caught. The psychopath commits the first murder; and then tries to force the tennis player to complete the bargain.

In the American version of the movie, a final scene shows Guy reunited with Anne on a train home. A minister, who is also a tennis fan, recognizes Guy and attempts to strike up a conversation, but Guy, hardened by his traumatic experience, turns away coldly and leaves with Anne, without replying to the eager fan. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Warner Movies On Demand YouTube Channel.

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