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To Catch a Thief (1955)

 -  Mystery | Romance  -  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 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 All (84) »

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WANTED by the police in all the luxury-spots of Europe!... A catch for any woman! See more »

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Mystery | Romance

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Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Towards the end, when Francie (Grace Kelly) and her Mother pass a newsstand with a newspaper reporting the burglar's death, Francie's Mother remarks, "in Philadelphia, almost everyone reads the Bulletin." Grace Kelly was a native of Philadelphia. See more »

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When Robie and Hughson are walking at the flower market they look back at a few men following them. As they do, a woman in a bright pink dress is walking towards the two men behind them. But as they turn back, the same woman (who should have been behind them) is walking towards Robie and Hughson. See more »

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John Robie: Danielle, do me a favor. Don't call me a cat.
Danielle Foussard: I only do one favor a day.
Foussard: [he says something angrily to Danielle in French]
John Robie: Will you do as your father here asks?
Danielle Foussard: [mockingly] Did I brush your fur the wrong way?
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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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