Friday, April 10, 2015

Mock Squid Soup - April 10, 2015: Strangers On A Train

I love me some Hitchcock.  When fellow Souper Birgit put this forth as her March offering, I knew I had found my April film!  After showing Nan and Logan the original trailer on Amazon, we were all convinced.

After our Easter meal and Star Trek viewing, we settled in for this.  It was my son's third Hitchcock offering (we've watched North by Northwest a few times and he has seen all of To Catch A Thief but in three separate viewings) and he and my wife are currently planning a trip that will take them on their first long distance train trip, so everyone was cracking wise as things got under way.

This was great fun!  Logan spotted Hitchcock's cameo at around the ten or eleven minute mark.  He thought the performances were incredible.  It was so much fun listening to him unraveling the story and motives.  It was all so scandalous but still tame enough for his soon-to-be-teen sensibilities.

It has been a while since I'd seen this.  So many of Hitchcock's other films with Grant and Stewart and the like always seemed to overshadow this for me.  Rebecca and Rope are two of my all time favorite movies of any type.  But this was like finding an old pair of pants that still fit....nice and comfortable and a pleasant surprise.

When this was discussed last month on Birgit's site, there was a lot of talk about Throw Momma From The Train, the 1987 black comedy inspired by this film.  Recollections of that film were decidedly mixed, but I remember it fondly.  Perhaps I'll seek it out.  Or just pull out all my Hitchcock VHS tapes!

Favorite Line

Senator Morton: One doesn't always have to say what one thinks.


  1. I love this film and also feel it is overshadowed by his 1950's films with Stewart and Grant but it is a real gem and Robert Walker deserved an Oscar for his portrayal especially since he was always considered the clean cut boy next door. Thanks for picking my movie:)

  2. I picked this move also.
    It was one of the few Hitchcock movie I had not seen.
    Terrific review.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. As I said last month, I need to make more time for Hitchcock.

  4. This movie is a favorite of mine, too. We had a good list last month! Thanks, Mock!

  5. I've only seen it once. It's not my favorite Hitchcock (Rear Window or Vertigo) but it's still plenty good. The glimpse of the US Open in earlier days is a lot of fun.

  6. Catching up after a busy weekend. I so wanted to review this movie because I knew I liked it, but I didn't cause I figured others would choose it and wanted to pick something I hadn't seen. I don't regret my choice, I just I had liked it. In any case, I like your review and think it's cool that you watched it with your son. I can only get my nieces and nephews to watch old movies that are in full-color; even then, they complain.

  7. It was a great movie, and I agree with Tony: we should make more time for Hitchcock too.


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