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
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John Robie mentions that as a youth he was in a trapeze group that traveled around Europe. In real life, Cary Grant was in an acrobatic troupe that toured around Europe (and eventually came to America) when he was young. See more »
During the last dance of John Robie and Francie at the party at the villa, the drummer of the orchestra plays with both hands in one shot, while in the next shot, he is holding up his right hand and only playing the drums with his left hand. See more »
Fully appreciable, at last on DVD, brightly restored in it's original VistaVision ratio.
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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