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Watch Strangers on a Train Online: Strangers on a Train is a 1951 American psychological thriller film noir produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based on the 1950 novel Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. It was shot in the autumn of 1950 and released by Warner Bros. on June 30, 1951. The film stars Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, and Robert Walker, and features Leo G. Carroll, the director's daughter Pat Hitchcock, and Laura Elliott. It is number 32 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills.


Story:

  • Amateur tennis star Guy Haines wants to divorce his vulgar, promiscuous wife Miriam so he can marry the elegant Anne Morton, the daughter of a US Senator.
  • On a train, Haines meets a psychopath, Bruno Antony, who recognizes Guy from newspaper photographs. Bruno tells Guy about his idea for the perfect murder scheme: two perfect strangers meet and "swap murders"—Bruno suggests he will kill Miriam and Guy can kill Bruno's hated father. 
  • Each will kill a total stranger with no identifiable motive so neither will be suspected. Guy humors Bruno by pretending to find his idea amusing and says it's OK, but Bruno mistakes Guy's response as an agreement to the scheme.
  •  Eager to get away from Bruno, Guy leaves the monogrammed cigarette lighter, a gift from Anne inscribed 'From A to G', he lent to Bruno earlier on the train, and Bruno keeps it.
  • Guy meets with Miriam, who claims to be pregnant by someone else, at her workplace in Metcalf, their hometown where they are to meet with her lawyer. 
  • Miriam informs Guy that she no longer wants to end their marriage, and threatens to blackmail him by claiming that the baby is his to thwart any divorce. 
  • After they argue loudly in front of Miriam's co-workers and Guy shakes her, Guy calls Anne and, speaking figuratively, says he would like to break Miriam's neck and says he could strangle her. 
  • Bruno calls Guy to follow up and finds out she has double-crossed Guy. Bruno then follows Miriam to an amusement park and strangles her to death while Guy is unaware and is traveling on a train. 
  • When Guy arrives home, Bruno informs him Miriam is dead and insists he honor their deal by killing Bruno's father.
  • Guy goes to the Mortons' Washington, D.C. home, where Anne's father, Senator Morton, informs Guy that his wife has been murdered. Guy feigns ignorance, but Anne's sister Barbara half-jokingly says that the police will think that Guy is the murderer as he has the motive.
  •  The police question Guy, but are unable to confirm his alibi: a professor Guy claims he met on the train was so drunk that he cannot remember their encounter.
  • After examining train schedules, the police determine that Guy had time to commit the murder and catch the train he claims he was on at Baltimore. 
  • Instead of arresting Guy, the police assign around-the-clock escort to ensure that he does not flee while they investigate.
  • To pressure Guy, Bruno starts showing up in Washington and introduces himself to Anne, then appears at a party at Senator Morton's house. 
  • To amuse another guest, Bruno demonstrates how to strangle someone by playfully putting his hands around her neck. 
  • His gaze falls upon Barbara, who physically resembles Miriam and wears similar glasses. This triggers a flashback and he goes into a trance and actually starts to strangle the woman before blacking out. 
  • Barbara tells Anne that Bruno was looking at her while strangling the other woman and Anne realizes that Barbara looks something like Miriam. 
  • Her suspicions aroused, Anne confronts Guy, who tells her the truth about Bruno's crazy scheme.
  • Bruno sends Guy a pistol, a house key and a map showing the location of his father's bedroom. Guy pretends to agree to Bruno's plan. 
  • He creeps into Bruno's father's room hoping to warn him of his son's murderous intentions, but instead he finds Bruno there waiting for him. 
  • He tells Guy he became suspicious when he suddenly agreed to honor their bargain and made sure his father was away. 
  • Guy tries to persuade Bruno to seek psychiatric help; Bruno threatens to punish Guy for betraying him and make Guy pay for the crime from which he is benefiting.
  • Anne visits Bruno's house and unsuccessfully tries to explain to his befuddled mother that her son is a murderer. 
  • Bruno mentions Guy's missing cigarette lighter to Anne and lies that Guy asked him to go find it at the murder site; Guy rightly surmises Bruno intends to incriminate him by planting it at the site of Miriam's murder. 
  • Anne and Guy devise a plan for Guy to finish his tennis match quickly, evade his police escort, and prevent Bruno from planting the lighter. 
  • Guy eventually wins the long match at Forest Hills, and after eluding the police, catches a train and heads for the amusement park.
  • Bruno is delayed at Metcalf when he accidentally drops Guy's lighter down a storm drain and must retrieve it. 
  • Bruno gets to the amusement park and stays out of sight until nightfall so he can plant the lighter. A worker at the boat ride recognizes Bruno from the night of the murder and informs the police. 
  • Guy arrives and catches up to Bruno and they fight on the park's carousel. Thinking Guy is trying to escape, a police officer shoots at him, but misses and kills the carousel operator, causing the carousel to spin out of control. 
  • Eventually, a carnival worker crawls under the fast-moving carousel and applies the brakes but the mechanism fails, causing the carousel to crash, and Bruno is trapped and mortally injured. 
  • The worker who recognized Bruno tells the police chief that he has never seen Guy before and that it was the other man, the one Guy was fighting, that he recognized. 
  • Guy tells the police that Bruno was attempting to plant his lighter at the murder scene. As Bruno dies, his fingers open to reveal Guy's lighter in his hand.
  • As Guy and Anne travel later aboard a train, a minister who is reading a sports paper, bumps feet with Guy, looks up and asks if he is Guy Haines. 
  • Remembering the trouble that transpired after talking to a stranger on a train, Guy abruptly whisks Anne away without replying to the minister.

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