Strangers On A Train (1951)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1951.  Screenplay by , , adaptation by , from the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Exceptional Alfred Hitchcock thriller that fans of The Talented Mr. Ripley will not want to miss. Written by Ripley author Patricia Highsmith, this one also features a social outcast in the form of a gay serial killer, this time a charismatic and brilliant . Tennis champion  is travelling back to visit his family and while on the train confides in a stranger (Walker) that his fiancee sometimes gets under his skin. Walker offers to do away with the young lady if he in return will murder his father for him. Thinking him a strange man with a sick sense of humour, Granger disembarks from the train with the intention of forgetting about the whole incident, but Walker starts showing up everywhere and is still intent on “helping” his new friend. Hitchcock’s own daughter has a delightful supporting role in this taut, perfectly crafted film.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Cinematography-BW


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