Cinema: The New Pictures, Jul. 16, 1951

Strangers on a Train (Warner), Alfred Hitchcock's latest thriller, winds up with a scene in which a merry-go-round goes wild, spins like a pin wheel, and crashes in a gaudy blaze of explosions that no earthly carrousel could touch off. The movie itself is the same way: implausible but intriguing and great fun to ride.

Based on Patricia Highsmith's 1950 novel, the picture begins with a chance encounter on a Washington-to-New York train between, a tennis player (Farley Granger) and a wealthy, gabby ne'er-do-well (Robert Walker) with a touch of homicidal mania. Granger, in...

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