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To Catch a Thief (1955)

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


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In this film Jessie Royce Landis plays Cary Grant's potential mother-in-law. In North by Northwest (1959), she would play his actual mother. See more »

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When the police first ask Robie to accompany them for questioning, he excuses himself to change into something more formal. He is seen going up to his room wearing white socks. He is later shown at Bertani's restaurant wearing the same shoes but no socks. See more »

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Jessie Stevens: I know you ought to be spanked with a hairbrush and sent back to school - public school - where they could pound some sense into you during recess.
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Fully appreciable, at last on DVD, brightly restored in it's original VistaVision ratio.
4 November 2002 | by (Colorado Springs) – See all my reviews

This underrated Hitchcock piece is his tribute to his obsession with the dazzling Grace Kelly, who's even more beautiful than the Riviera set pieces. Teamed with Grant, they make a perfect couple, in a mischievous love story that's quite unique for Hitchcock. It's as if he decided to leave well-enough alone, and simply provided a series of grandiose setups for his two leads to cavort in; perhaps too surprisingly for Hitchcock devotees. Nonetheless, this is a sophisticated romp that's punctuated with some fine supporting performances. Sadly, Hitchcock would search for a Kelly substitute for the rest of his career; and his remembrance of this "vacation" picture would be a dominant influence in the creation of his dark masterpiece to come, VERTIGO.


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