Strangers on a Train is a 1951 American film by the studio Warner Bros. It was produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film stars Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker, Leo G. Carroll, Kasey Rogers credited as Laura Elliott, and Patricia Hitchcock.
The film was based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote The Talented Mr. Ripley. Detective novelist Raymond Chandler wrote an early draft of the screenplay, despite his having considered the story implausible.This movie is number 32 on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Thrills.
The film includes a number of puns and visual metaphors that demonstrate a running motif of crisscross, double-crossing, and crossing one’s double. Talking about the structure of the film, Hitchcock said to Truffaut, “Isn’t it a fascinating design? One could study it forever.
Strangers on a Train was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Black and White Cinematography, which was performed by Robert Burks. Alfred Hitchcock was nominated for Best Director by the Directors Guild of America. The film was nominated as Best Picture by the National Board of Review.