Strangers On A Train (1951)

 Rated PG. This one is solidly clean.

Are we really covering consecutive, black-and-white flicks about murder that also have an abundance of homosexual subtext? Sure, why not! The Lighthouse was last week. Now we’ve got Strangers On A Train as a companion piece (of sorts). Alfred Hitchcock was always fascinated by murder, but here he is—just like Robert Walker’s excellent villain—obsessed with the perfect murder. Walker also represents the stereotype of a gay killer, so…yeah. Fear not, we dug pretty deep into the history of that. This is a good Hitch flick with flashes of greatness, although the 2nd half simply does not live up to that “let’s swap murders” set-up. So plant that evidence, but stay off amusement park rides that go warp speed as our 383rd episode hashes out what’s going on with Bruno and Guy.

Well, Actually: The Picture Of Dorian Gray was released in 1945. Also, it can be confirmed that Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers On A Train novel doesn’t have the crazy carousel ride at the end that the movie does. Also also, the most-recent Hitchcock flick we covered was The Birds.

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Previously on The Ellises’ Analysis: The Lighthouse

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