To Catch a Thief (1955)

PG  |   |  Mystery, Romance, Thriller  |  1955 (UK)
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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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

1955 (UK)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief  »

Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cary Grant had announced his retirement from acting in February 1953, stating that since the rise of Method actors like Marlon Brando, most people were no longer interested in seeing him. He was also angry at the way Charles Chaplin had been treated by the HUAAC. He was lured out of his retirement to make this film, and thereafter, continued acting for a further 11 years. See more »


When the police first pull into Robbie's driveway, they park to the right side leaving the escape route to the left. Once Robbie's car has pulled out and the police give chase, they return to their car now parked on the opposite side of the driveway. See more »


Frances Stevens: I called the police from your room and told them who you are and everything you've been doing tonight.
John Robie: Everything? The boys must have really enjoyed *that* at headquarters!
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Referenced in It's About Time: To Catch a Thief (1967) See more »

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User Reviews

Delivers on all its promises
2 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

You cannot discuss any Hitchcock movie without first giving a nod to the master.

Let me ask you this: Was Michelangelo a painter or a sculptor? It is a trick answer of course.. both answers are correct but it is more correct that Michelangelo was an artist. In a similar way you might consider the relationship between the body of Hitchcock's work and "To Catch a Thief".

TCaT (To Catch a Thief) is not a classic Hitchcock suspense thriller. It is, however quite a nice piece of work. In fact, the most suspenseful thing about this picture is whether Cary Grant will get together with Grace Kelley. The relationship between these two is really the bulk of the movie. It is beautifully photographed and what better subjects for photography than Grace Kelly and the South of France?

"Notorius Cat Burgular meets Wealthy American Heiress" is a plot that only Hitchcock and few others could make into a picture that would hold up for nearly 50 years. The playful exchanges between Grant and Kelly, rife with sexual innuendo, propell the movie forward to its happy conclusion. For me, the "slice of life" of French Rivera in the 1950s is enough to make this film eminently watchable.

I recommend it highly. Great date movie... though living up to Grant's or Kelly's high marks might be difficult.

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