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Hitchcock's 'Strangers on a Train'

 

Feeling retro? Sick of staring at your Netflix queue? Get off the sofa and hit the cinema to catch Alfred Hitchcock's vintage thriller "Strangers on a Train," playing at the glorious Stanford Theatre in downtown Palo Alto this weekend.

The 1951 masterpiece follows the charming psychopath Bruno (Robert Walker), who convinces a stranger met on a train journey to agree to a dreadful pact. He'll do away with Guy's (Farley Granger) unpleasant wife if Guy will do the same for him with his father. Can the two get away with murder?

The deliciously dark flick is paired in a double feature with another Hitchcock picture involving a locomotive, "The Lady Vanishes" (1938), in which a woman disappears from a train ... or did she ever exist at all?

Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and youth 18 and under, and includes both films. "Strangers on a Train" plays at 5:35 and 9:15 p.m. and "The Lady Vanishes" plays at 7:30 p.m., plus a 3:50 p.m. weekend matinee. The Stanford Theatre is located at 221 University Ave., Palo Alto. For more information, go to Stanford Theatre).

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