Thursday, 29 September 2011

Strangers on a Film

By Stephen Wyatt. Patrick Stewart plays Raymond Chandler and Clive Swift (who appeared in Hitchcock's Frenzy in 1972) is Alfred Hitchcock in their famous collaboration on Strangers on a Train. In 1950, Alfred Hitchcock invited Raymond Chandler to work with him on a screenplay based on Patricia Highsmith's novel. Chandler was not only recognised as a fine novelist and had also received an Academy Award nomination for his original screenplay, The Blue Dahlia. The omens were good but their collaboration turned out to be a disaster.*

Strangers On A Film by Stephen Wyatt, accompanies the second part of the Classic Chandler season which starts on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 1 October with The Long Goodbye.

Directed by Claire Grove

Listen to it on BBC iPlayer: until the very precise time of 3:02PM on Thursday 6 Oct 2011

*Uh? Maybe the working experience was a tad difficult, but the resulting film is easily one of the five best movies Hitchcock made.

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