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FULL SYNOPSIS

In one of Alfred Hitchcock's suspense classics, tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) chances to meet wealthy wastrel Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) on a train. Having read all about Guy, Bruno is aware that the tennis player is trapped in an unhappy marriage to to wife Miriam (Laura Elliott) and has been seen in the company of senator's daughter Ann Morton (Ruth Roman). Baiting Guy, Bruno reveals that he feels trapped by his hated father (Jonathan Hale). As Guy listens with detached amusement, Bruno discusses the theory of "exchange murders." Suppose that Bruno were to murder Guy's wife, and Guy in exchange were to kill Bruno's father? With no known link between the two men, the police would be none the wiser, would they? When he reaches his destination, Guy bids goodbye to Bruno, thinking nothing more of the affable but rather curious young man's homicidal theories. And then, Guy's wife turns up strangled to death. Co-adapted by Raymond Chandler from a novel by Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train perfectly exemplifies Hitchcock's favorite theme of the evil that lurks just below the surface of everyday life and ordinary men. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Burks Best Black and White Cinematography 1951 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Alfred Hitchcock Best Director 1951 Nominee

Cast

Farley Granger
as Guy Haines
Robert Walker
as Bruno Anthony
Ruth Roman
as Ann Morton
Leo G. Carroll
as Senator Morton
Patricia Hitchcock
as Barbara Morton
Jonathan Hale
as Mr. Anthony
Howard St. John
as Capt. Turley
Norma Varden
as Mrs. Cunningham
Robert Gist
as Hennessey
John Doucette
as Hammond
Leonard Carey
as Butler
Murray Alper
as Boatman
Sam Flint
as Man
Monya Andre
as Dowager
Edward Hearn
as Sgt. Campbell
Odette Myrtil
as Mme. Darville
Joel Allen
as Policeman
Charles Meredith
as Judge Dolan
Dick Wessel
as Bill
Edna Holland
as Mrs. Joyce
Roy Engel
as Policeman
Joe Warfield
as Seedy Man
Minna Phillips
as Dowager
Rolland Morris
as Miriam's Boy Friend
Al Hill
as "Ring the Gong" Concessionaire
Harry Hines
as Man Under Merry-Go-Round
Ralph Moody
as Seedy Man
Laura Treadwell
as Mrs. Anderson
Georges Renavent
as Monsieur Darville
Shirley Tegge
as Girl
Janet Stewart
as Girl
Dick Ryan
as Minister

Crew

Alfred Hitchcock
Director
Alfred Hitchcock
Producer
Czenzi Ormonde
Screenwriter
Whitfield Cook
Screenwriter
Patricia Highsmith
Book Author
Raymond Chandler
Screenwriter
Robert Burks
Cinematographer
Ray Heindorf
Musical Direction/Supervision
Dimitri Tiomkin
Composer (Music Score)
William H. Ziegler
Editor
Dolph Thomas
Sound/Sound Designer
Gordon Bau
Makeup
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