Strangers on a Train (1951)

33.

★★★★★

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Written by: Raymond Chandler, Czenzi Ormonde
Starring: Farley Granger, Robert Walker and Ruth Roman

Plotting murder over lunch is best.

No one plays with the idea of murder better than Alfred Hitchcock. In Strangers on a Train, Hitchcock takes a wordy, but wonderfully paced, script (thanks to a portion of Raymond Chandler’s brain), and crafts it into a dangerously entertaining film of murder, suspense and enjoyable evil that charges full steam ahead without so much as a detour or a delayed stop.As the title suggests, two strangers meet on a train – a tennis player, Guy Haines, and a rather psychotic socialite, Bruno Antony. While Guy is trying to get remarried, with the matter of sorting a divorce in the way, Bruno has deep-seated hatred for his father. Bruno theorizes that the best and cleanest murder plot would involve two strangers killing off each other’s targets, making it hard to trace the murders back to those with the motives. Little does Guy know that Bruno fully intends to implement this theory with Guy himself.

While the tightly wound plot propels most of the action, Hitchcock’s cinematic eye is written all over Strangers on a Train. With surprising visual direction to meet the unpredictable turn of story events that continue to culminate throughout the film, Strangers on a Train is complete with well-matched performances and music. When it comes to movies on murder, Hitchcock kills it!

 

 

 
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