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To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG  |   |  Mystery, Romance, Thriller  |  September 1955 (USA)
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When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence.



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American expatriate John Robie living in high style on the Riviera is a retired cat burglar. He must find out who a copy cat is to keep a new wave of jewel thefts from being pinned on him. High on the list of prime victims is Jessie Stevens, in Europe to help daughter Frances find a suitable husband. The Lloyds of London insurance agent is using a thief to catch a thief. Take an especially close look at scene where Robie gets Jessie's attention, dropping an expensive casino chip down the décolletage of a French roulette player. Written by Dale O'Connor <>

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For a moment he forgets he's a thief--and she forgets she's a lady! See more »

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Rated PG for some action violence, mild suggestive material and smoking | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

September 1955 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Grace Kelly made three of her eleven films with Alfred Hitchcock; "To Catch a Thief" (1955), Dial M for Murder (1954), and Rear Window (1954), which was often thought of as the best one. See more »


Frances Stevens has a golden tan practically throughout the entire film until the final scene with John Robie, where she appears having no tan at all. See more »


John Robie: Danielle, you are just a girl. She is a woman.
Danielle Foussard: Why buy an old car if you can get a new one cheaper? It will run better and last longer.
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Referenced in The Partners: To Catch a Crooke (1971) See more »

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31 January 2004 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

A bit of a departure for Alfred Hitchcock, somewhat lighter and with less of the trademark suspense. Thoroughly enjoyable, though. Cary Grant was playing Cary Grant by this time, and no one could do it better. And Grace Kelly, what eye-candy! The snappy dialog with the sexual innuendo was done perfectly. And huge kudos to Brigitte Auber, who was gorgeous and very good. An interesting aside was that Grant's character, while pretending to be someone else, claimed to have been an American circus acrobat, which Grant sort of was early in life (albeit English, not American.) Grant (with his accent) could really never be mistaken for an American, even though he usually played one. Also it was a little eerie to see Grace Kelly driving so fast on those French Riviera cliffside roads, in light of what happened to her later. (Of course, she obviously wasn't doing so, they were using back-projection) Anyway, this film is a must for fans of Hitchcock, Kelly or Grant. Grade: A

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