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To Catch a Thief -- Stars Cary Grant as a former thief suspected of a new series of crimes and Grace Kelly as the woman who romances him.
To Catch a Thief -- 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.
To Catch a Thief -- Clip: You're a thief
To Catch a Thief -- Clip: What would you do?
To Catch a Thief -- Clip: Who did you call me

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Director:
Writers:
John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
David Dodge (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
1955 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
WANTED by the police in all the luxury-spots of Europe!... A catch for any woman! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Delivers on all its promises See more (179 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... John Robie

Grace Kelly ... Frances Stevens

Jessie Royce Landis ... Jessie Stevens

John Williams ... H.H. Hughson

Charles Vanel ... Bertani

Brigitte Auber ... Danielle Foussard
Jean Martinelli ... Foussard
Georgette Anys ... Germaine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Adrian ... Detective (uncredited)
John Alderson ... Detective at the Costume Ball (uncredited)
Martha Bamattre ... Kitchen Helper (uncredited)
René Blancard ... Commissaire Lepic (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Nina Borget ... Frenchwoman (uncredited)
John Breen ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Margaret Brewster ... Cold-cream Woman (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Lewis Charles ... Man with Milk in Kitchen (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Hotel Security (uncredited)
Frank Chelland ... Chef (uncredited)
Beulah Christian ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Wilson Cornell ... Shepherd (uncredited)
Reinie Costello ... Spanish Girl (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ... Hotel Security (uncredited)
William 'Wee Willie' Davis ... Big Man in Kitchen (uncredited)
Dominique Davray ... Antoinette (uncredited)
Louise De Carlo ... Spanish Girl (uncredited)
Guy De Vestel ... Detective (uncredited)
Gloria Dee ... Persian Slave Girl (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Detective (uncredited)
Kathleen Desmond ... French Shepherdess (uncredited)
Lala Detolly ... French Queen (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Dolores Ellsworth ... Persian Girl (uncredited)
George Ellsworth ... Shepherd (uncredited)
Nestor Eristoff ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman at Costume Ball (uncredited)
Russell Gaige ... Mr. Sanford (uncredited)
Steven Geray ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Art Gilmore ... Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Michael Hadlow ... Monaco Policeman (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Sitting Next to John Robie on Bus (uncredited)
Gladys Holland ... Elegant French Woman (uncredited)
Jeshurun Howard ... Boy (uncredited)
Jean Hébey ... Police Inspector Mercier (uncredited)
Beverly Ruth Jordan ... French Shepherdess (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Lorraine Knight ... French Huntress (uncredited)
Bela Kovacs ... Detective (uncredited)
Jeanne Lafayette ... Frenchwoman (uncredited)
Donald Lawton ... Detective (uncredited)
Eddie Le Baron ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Roland Lesaffre ... Claude (uncredited)
Edward Manouk ... Kitchen Helper (uncredited)
Jonathan Marlowe ... Prince (uncredited)
Jeri McKenna ... French Princess (uncredited)
Don Megowan ... Detective at Costume Ball (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Croupier (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ... Detective (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Detective (uncredited)
Sol Murgi ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Croupier (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Vegetable Man in Kitchen (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
George Paris ... Croupier (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Croupier (uncredited)
Joan Patti ... Spanish Girl (uncredited)
Leonard Penn ... Monaco Policeman (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Croupier (uncredited)
John Powell ... Boy (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Paul Ravel ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ervin Richardson ... Detective (uncredited)
Loulette Sablon ... Frenchwoman (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Otto F. Schulze ... Chef (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Detective (uncredited)
Reginald Lal Singh ... Maharaja (uncredited)
Earl Spainard ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Adele St. Mauer ... Woman with Birdcage on Bus (uncredited)
Marie Stoddard ... Mrs. Sanford (uncredited)
Aimee Torriani ... Woman in Kitchen (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Jewelry Clerk (uncredited)
Geni Whitlow ... Persian Slave Girl (uncredited)
Phyllis Young ... Spanish Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
John Michael Hayes (screenplay)

David Dodge (based on the novel by)

Alec Coppel  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Lyn Murray (music scored by)
 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Tomasini 
 
Art Direction by
J. McMillan Johnson  (as Joseph MacMillan Johnson)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Arthur Krams 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Bud Bashaw Jr. .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Harry Ray .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
William Davidson .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
C.O. Erickson .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
C.O. Erickson .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert Coleman .... second unit director
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director
Ralph Axness .... assistant director (uncredited)
Paul Feyder .... assistant director (uncredited)
Al Mann .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
Joe Keller .... props (uncredited)
Robert McCrellis .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
Howard Beals .... sound editor (uncredited)
Paul Franz .... sound recordist (uncredited)
George Swarthout .... sound cable man (uncredited)
August Van Koughnet .... stage engineer (uncredited)
Bill Wistrom .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
W. Wallace Kelley .... second unit photography (as Wallace Kelley)
Bill Avery .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bud Fraker .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Gall .... camera assistant (uncredited)
James Grant .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Vic Jones .... electrician (uncredited)
Gene Liggett .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Schurr .... camera operator (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Fitzharris .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Grace Harris .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Elsie Foulstone .... dialogue coach
Richard Mueller .... Technicolor color consultant
Sylvette Baudrot .... script supervisor: France (uncredited)
Claire Behnke .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Vincent McEveety .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some action violence, mild suggestive material and smoking (re-issue) (2013)
Runtime:
106 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-8 | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) (1955) | Norway:12 (1955) | Peru:14 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (re-release) (2013) | UK:PG (video rating: close captioned) (2003) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) (2007) (2012) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17226) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #17226) (re-issue) (2013) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the scene on the float platform, Danielle makes a point of how much younger she is than Frances. In fact, Brigitte Auber (b. April 1928) was a year and a half older than Grace Kelly (b. November 1929).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When John is first talking to Bertani at his restaurant, his red scarf moves up and down several times from one shot to the next.See more »
Quotes:
John Robie:You don't have to spend every day of your life proving your honesty, but I do.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mau Mau Sex Sex (2001)See more »

FAQ

Cary Grant---When Was He Signed?
What does the newspaper clipping say?
London---When Did The Film Open in That City?
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32 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Delivers on all its promises, 2 April 2002
Author: thorpemark

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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