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10 Hitchcock Trains

by Brad Eastridge

I recently spied a train enthusiast’s magazine advertising the top ten films to feature trains. Three listed on the cover were Hitchcock: “The Lady Vanishes,” “North by Northwest,” and, of course, “Strangers on a Train.”

Almost as prevalent as food and mothers in Hitchcock’s oeuvre, trains prove handy for Hitchcock in both atmosphere and plot—claustrophobia, urgency, danger, sexual imagery, and in the case of several, the setup of the MacGuffin.

Since ranking Hitchcock pictures by quality seems almost a cardinal insult, the following Liszt is chronological.