This intense 1951 flick tells the story of tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger), a married man who has fallen head over heels for the lovely Anne Morton (Ruth Roman), a senator's daughter. Haines becomes enraged when his wife Miriam - who is pregnant with another man's child - refuses to finalise their divorce, and Haines becomes unwittingly embroiled in a serious chain of murderous events when he starts up a conversation with a stranger on a train(Robert Walker)...
The two leading performances from Granger and Walker are truly captivating, with Granger's portrayal of the innocent man under suspicion, and Walker's creepy, psychotic murderer working incredibly well together. Direction from the one and only Alfred Hitchcock is of course impeccable, with the master of suspense creating an eerie and intense mood, along with clever dramatic irony through his two central characters.
Anne Morton - Guy's love interest - is played beautifully by Ruth Roman, conveying a strong performance as well as mesmerising beauty on screen. Her character is not just a pretty face, as she plays a key part in helping Guy reveal the truth about Bruno's scheme. Granger and Roman's on-screen chemistry is undeniable, as the two fight together to make the truth visible, falling in love as they do it.
Hitchcock's film noir elements are ingenious; disturbingly beautiful set designs contrast the psychopathy bubbling below the surface of the central storyline, to create one of his signature, electrifying pieces of cinema.
The unfolding plot, stunning visuals, great dialogue and suspenseful mood will make you wary of every stranger you meet!
See Strangers on a Train this Sunday.