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Strangers on a Train

BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith


Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll,

For Hitchcock and Patricia Highsmith both, the doppelgänger, the double, is a shark in the murky waters of innocence and culpability. In this Faustian treatment of the transference of guilt, Robert Walker plays the psychopathic sprite Bruno, who empathically makes himself the agent for Farley Granger’s unannounced desire to murder his wife. The screenplay, coauthored by Raymond Chandler from Highsmith’s 1950 novel, serves up Walker’s style of smirking innuendo on a silver tray. In no other Hitchcock film is sexuality so obsessively suffused with black humor; we know that Hitchcock is Bruno’s double.

Judy Bloch
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Czenzi Ormonde
  • Whitfield Cook
  • Ben Hecht
Based On
  • the novel by Patricia Highsmith

  • Robert Burks
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 103 mins
  • Warner Bros. Classics

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Hitchcock's British 'Strangers' to open (article), Los Angeles Times, Kevin Thomas, 1996

Hitchcock: the master of suspense (program note), Stanford Theatre, 1992

Strangers on a train (article), Village Voice, Andrew Sarris, 1987

Film noir -- excerpt (book excerpt), Secker and Warburg, Alain Silver, 1980

Alfred Hitchcock (program), New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.), 1977

Hitchcock, the enunciator (article), Camera obscura, Raymond Bellour, 1977

Billy Wilder / Alain Resnais (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), Richard Roud, 1968

Alfred Hitchcock: part two American years 1940-1951 (program), Dartmouth Film Society, 1966

Strangers on a train (review), Variety, Brog., 1951

Curtain calls : Hitchcock eludes interview in discussion of proper wink (article), Oakland Tribune, Wood Soanes, 1951

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