Strangers on a Train*

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Strangers on a Train*

  • 1951 ----- b & w ----- 101 min ----- laserdisc
  • (Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith; with Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Leo G. Carroll, Patricia Hitchcock, Marion Lorne) This film ranks with Hitchcock's most accomplished works, a masterpiece so carefully constructed, with characters so well developed, that the viewer is quickly drawn into the story. The murder plot is so universally practical that any man may adapt it to his needs. Granger is excellent as the innocent victim of the evil plot, but the compelling character in the film is Walker, whose sly and smiling ways, coupled with his mechanical way of killing, terrifies every viewer who sees the film. He is not only Hitchcock's most frightening character, but one of the most horrific creations in any film; he is Hyde with no trace of Jekyll at all. (Funded by The Friends of Comparative Literature) (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Literature: American, Motion Pictures: Features, Psychology, United States)