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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.
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Director:
Writers:
John Michael Hayes (screenplay)
David Dodge (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
22 August 1955 (Brazil) See more »
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:
Escapism At Its Most Delicious See more (189 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)
Norman Stevans ... Casino Patron (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
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 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:
For the scene between Robie and the insurance agent, when they talk about the cook's sensitive hands, the German version of the movie differs completely from the original. In English, Robie notes she once strangled a German general without a sound, while in German, he says she once caught a lion escaped from a circus with her bare hands.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When John leaves the car to retrieve the picnic basket from the trunk, he slams the door shut, but when he returns the door is open and he sits down in the opening.See more »
Quotes:
John Robie:[to Frances] Not only did I enjoy that kiss last night, I was awed by its efficiency.See more »
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75 out of 115 people found the following review useful.
Escapism At Its Most Delicious, 29 August 2004
Author: Pamela-5 from Los Angeles, California

This film, "disappointing"? Who is that reviewer kidding? No female would ever say that. This film is escapism at its finest, and what, pray tell, is wrong with escapism in this ever-more-dreary and stressful world? I don't CARE that this isn't a serious acting effort on Cary Grant's behalf; I don't CARE that the plot is telescoped. What I DO care about is the fantasy of it all: the beauty of the two stars, their clothing, the surroundings, the sets, and the way this movie just takes a (female) viewer away to a place and time that she will never have experienced but would love to experience: the South of France in the '50s; healthy, witty people with unlimited funds; sunshine, flowers, villas; amusing intrigue involving stolen jewels; the sparkle of the Mediterranean. And that gaspingly gorgeous costume ball! Wow! Please. This is a frothy and fabulous dreamscape like no other. After a very stressful day, to lie down with a glass of chilled champagne and watch Cary Grant and Grace Kelly cavort on the French Riviera is the most sublime thing one could do. I know more than a few females who honestly could not have withstood their lives without the escape this film provides. Thank you Mr. Hitchcock! You have performed a great, great service!

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