Merry-Go-Round Scene from Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train


MovingToyshop_PB-226x345I ‘ve just finished reading The Moving Toyshop and I’ve read in Wikipedia that the book provided the source for the famous merry-go-round sequence at the climax of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. All the major elements of the scene: the two men struggling, the accidentally shot attendant, the out-of-control merry-go-round, and the crawling under the moving merry-go-round to disable it, are present in Crispin’s novel, though he received no screen credit for it.

4 thoughts on “Merry-Go-Round Scene from Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train”

  1. I love Hitchcock, but it’s true that he was not above stealing from other sources – and then feigning ignorance about the whole thing. I believe he was sued for this, but I think it came to nothing.

    1. According to Wikipedia, Hitchcock bought the rights to use the merry-go-round scene from Crispin’s novel, but received no screen credit for it.

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