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Hitchcock Goes Black and White (Strangers on a Train with Bekki)

How much would this stink, someone very crazy murders the very woman keeping you from happiness in your new wife. Then you find yourself embroiled in a crime you did not commit, yet cannot prove it.  Shudder.  My worst nightmare. Being completely innocent, but unable to prove it, and having it seem like I’m so very guilty.

Despite the fun of seeing Hitchcock’s cameo in this film (that is a very big string bass, sir) I spent most of this movie biting my nails.

It was a good film, and Robert Walker, as Bruno Anthony, was deliciously unhinged.  He really did a number on Guy Haines, almost unraveling his life to the point of complete destruction. Kudos to his prospective family, the Morton’s, for sticking by him, and not washing their hands of the supposed murder. Babs was my particular favorite.  She was a ray of sunshine and quite the loyal girl in this film.  Such a delight.

This was my second black and white Hitchcock film.  I liked the way you can see his traditional ways of growing suspense.  He used darkness to his advantage multiple times in this film.  This fit black and white film much better than Rebecca did. Making the tennis game, usually  not a very suspenseful sport, the means by which we measured success of the plans was very good.  Hitchcock has intriguing ways of building suspense and keep you on the edge.

I liked this film a lot. It’s probably my second favorite of the ones we watched this time around.


7 responses to “Hitchcock Goes Black and White (Strangers on a Train with Bekki)

  1. I haven’t seen this film for decades but recently read Patricia Highsmith’s novel and then saw Throw Momma from the Train on tv on Saturday night. Would be great to watch as a pair of movies (ie, a bit like watching Emma and Clueless).

    • I believe one of our other flick buddies, Kelly, did just that. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen Throw Momma from the Train either, which is bad form considering how much I enjoy John Candy.

      • You might be thinking of Planes, Trains and Automobiles? Throw Momma from a Train has Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito in it. I’m sure you will get lots of the jokes, having just seen the Hitchcock movie. I also wondered whether Momma’s voice was inspiration for the voice Cartman in South Park! She is deliciously atrocious!

      • Kelly

        Billy Crystal and Danny DeVito.

  2. stevebetz

    I just realized that I forgot to post my thoughts on this flick! I had never seen it before — and my whole knowledge of it comes from “Throw Momma From A Train”, which is actually pretty good too.

    I thought this was a great flick and I thought Hitchcock had some marvelous filming techniques. Also, kudos to him for not having crappy tennis.

    This movie also reinforced why I don’t talk to the people sitting next to me on planes, and why I never go on carousels.

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