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Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Screen Writer:Patricia Highsmith

By Heather Joslyn | Posted 3/19/2008

Nobody does paranoia like ol' Alfred Hitchcock. 1951's Strangers on a Train, which riffs on the theme Help! I've fallen into a conspiracy and I can't get up!, fairly drips with the director's recurrent homoerotic tension. Married tennis star Farley Granger innocently complains to another train passenger (a wonderfully creepy Robert Walker) about his unhappy marriage. Next thing he knows, the nut has bumped her off, and expects Granger to return the favor by whacking his domineering mom. The merry-go-round scene at the end is worth the admission price.

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