Strangers on a Train (1951) – At the Movies

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Every Saturday I try to bring you a review of a movie that I have loved, or perhaps have not liked at all. This week on At the Movies I’ll share with you Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951)


Strangers on a Train runs 101 minutes and is in black and white.

Stranger on a Train is the story of a young tennis player meeting a “stranger on a train,” who is actually a sociopath or even a psychopath. The subject of murder is throughout this movie. Robert Walker delivers the role of a lifetime. Hang on to your popcorn when you are watching this movie!

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Who are the Stars of this wonderful suspenseful movie?


The cast includes:

  • Farley Granger – also known for Hitchcock’s Rope (1948), and Small Town Girl (1953)
  • Robert Walker – best known roles include Bataan (1943), Since You Went Away (1944), Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944), The Clock – with Judy Garland (1945), Till the Clouds Roll By (1947), Vengeance Valley with Burt Lancaster (1951) – tragically died at age 32.
  • Ruth Roman – actress known for Since You Went Away (with Shirley Temple, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotton and Claudette Colbert), Champion (Kirk Douglas), Always Leave Them Laughing (with Milton Berle, Bert Lahr, Virginia Mayo)
  • Leo G. Carroll – born in 1886 in England, Leo loved the theater, even doing Gilbert & Sullivan in his youth. He was Hitchcock’s favorite English actor for his many films, Leo’s film career began in 1934. He was cast, to begin with, in smallish parts. Sometimes they were prestige ‘A pictures’, usually period dramas, such as The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) and Wuthering Heights (1939). He is also known as Alexander Waverly, spymaster and boss of Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), the part for which he is chiefly remembered.
  • Patricia Hitchcock – daughter of director Alfred Hitchcock, also known for her role in Psycho (1960)


  • Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara on Bewitched television show, 1964)
  • Norma Varden – a piano prodigy, studied in Paris and did concerts in England during her teen years, also known for her roles in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953); and the Von Trapp housekeeper Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music (1965).

Strangers on a Train (1951)

I highly recommend this Turner Classic Movies favorite. It will give you chills at times, especially the merry go round scene at the end!


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