Strangers on a Train script
Synopsis: In Alfred Hitchcock's adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's thriller, tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) is enraged by his trampy wife's refusal to finalize their divorce so he can wed senator's daughter Anne (Ruth Roman). He strikes up a conversation with a stranger, Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker), and unwittingly sets in motion a deadly chain of events. Psychopathic Bruno kills Guy's wife, then urges Guy to reciprocate by killing Bruno's father. Meanwhile, Guy is murder suspect number one.

Guy tries to read but is uneasily aware of Bruno's open

appraisal.

BRUNO:

It must be pretty exciting to be so

important.

GUY:

(fidgeting slightly)

A tennis player isn't so important.

BRUNO:

People who do things are important.

I never seem to do anything.

Not knowing how to answer this, Guy looks a little

embarrassed.

BRUNO:

(still insistent on

being friendly)

I suppose you're going to Southampton -for

the doubles.

GUY:

(politely)

You are a tennis fan.

Bruno is inordinately pleased by this small tribute.

BRUNO:

Wish I could see you play. But I've

got to be back in Washington tomorrow.

I live in Arlington, you know.

He has taken out a cigarette case. Holds it out to Guy.

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BRUNO:

Cigarette?

GUY:

Not now, thanks. I don't smoke much.

BRUNO:

I smoke too much.

He fumbles for a match. Guy brings out a lighter and hands

it to Bruno.

BRUNO:

Thanks.

(he stares at the

lighter, impressed)

Elegant.

CLOSE SHOT OF THE LIGHTER

Showing that it has the insignia of crossed rackets embossed

on it, and underneath is engraved the inscription: "To G

from A".

BRUNO'S VOICE

(reading)

To G from A. Bet I can guess who A

is.

WIDER SHOT:

Guy reacts sharply.

GUY:

(coldly)

Yes?

BRUNO:

Anne Burton. Sometimes I turn the

sport page and look at the society

news. And the pictures. She's very

beautiful, Senator Burton's daughter.

GUY:

You're quite a reader, Mr. Anthony.

BRUNO:

Yes, I am. Ask me anything, from

today's stock reports to Li'l Abner,

and I got the answer.

(MORE)

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BRUNO (CONT'D)

Even news about people I don't know.

Like who'd like to marry whom when

his wife gets her divorce.

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Raymond Chandler

Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was a British-American novelist and screenwriter. In 1932, at the age of forty-four, Chandler became a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Great Depression.  more…

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