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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 list of prime victims is Jessie Stevens, in Europe to help daughter Frances find a suitable husband. 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 decolletage of French roulette player. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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thief | burglar | cat | riviera | jewelry | See more »

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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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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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The boat that Danielle (Brigitte Auber) and John (Cary Grant) travel in early in the film is named the "Maquis Mouse": a play on Maquis (the French underground) and Mickey Mouse. See more »

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When John and Frances first arrive for their "picnic" and John is standing at the back of the car, his shadow can be seen on the backdrop of the canvas; a flat shadow which would not be possible in the natural conditions which the canvas depicts. See more »

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John Robie: You don't have to spend every day of your life proving your honesty, but I do.
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Great chemistry between the leads
27 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

The best thing about this film is the chemistry between leads Grant and Kelly. Grant is as debonair as usual and Kelly was never more glamorous. The costumes she wears are very flattering to her and she is to the clothes. The dialogue between them sparkles throughout and is a pleasure to watch even if the course of their relationship is predictable. Grant's self-deprecating in-jokes are another nice touch. Further pleasantly adding to the fantasy ambience is the spectacular photography of the French riviera. John Williams is also great as the insurance investigator, the type of character he played in Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder (also with Kelly) and in the Doris Day-Rex Harrison film, Midnight Lace. This film is not one of the most psychologically involving in Hitchcock's pantheon but it is not designed to be. It is enjoyed best as what it was produced to be: glossy high production value escapist fare. 8/10.


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