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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:
September 1955 (USA) 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 »
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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)
Margaret Brewster ... Cold-cream Woman (uncredited)
Lewis Charles ... Man with Milk in Kitchen (uncredited)
Frank Chelland ... Chef (uncredited)
Wilson Cornell ... Shepherd (uncredited)
Reinie Costello ... Spanish Girl (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)
Kathleen Desmond ... French Shepherdess (uncredited)
Lala Detolly ... French Queen (uncredited)
Dolores Ellsworth ... Persian Girl (uncredited)
George Ellsworth ... Shepherd (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)

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)
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)
Jerri McKenna ... French Princess (uncredited)
Don Megowan ... Detective at Costume Ball (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Croupier (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Detective (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Croupier (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Vegetable Man in Kitchen (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Frenchman (uncredited)
George Paris ... Croupier (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Croupier (uncredited)
Joan Patti ... Spanish Girl (uncredited)
Leonard Penn ... Monaco Policeman (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Croupier (uncredited)
John Powell ... Boy (uncredited)
Loulette Sablon ... Frenchwoman (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Otto F. Schulze ... Chef (uncredited)
Lal Singh ... Maharaja (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)
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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 McCrillis .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recording
Harold Lewis .... sound recording
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)
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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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:G (video rating) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-8 | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:6 | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) | Norway:12 (1955) | Peru:14 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) (2003) (2007) (2012) | USA:Approved (certificate #17226) | USA:PG (re-issue) (2013) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Trivia:
There is a second reference to Alfred Hitchcock's dislike of eggs. A raw egg is thrown hitting the glass and splattering in the restaurant at the beginning when the kitchen staff believe Cary Grant is responsible for the recent thefts. He is also offered a saucer of milk referring to "cats".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After a kitchen worker throws an egg at a window Robie is looking through during restaurant scene, shape of egg smear shifts back and forth from shot to shot.See more »
Quotes:
John Robie:You're here in Europe to buy a husband.
Frances Stevens:The man I want doesn't have a price.
John Robie:That eliminates me.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Horse Soldiers (1959)See more »

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36 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Cary Ain't Flattered, 11 February 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Cary Grant, former resistance hero and gentlemanly cat burglar, is now retired from the trade. But there's someone out there who's using all his old cat burglar tricks and putting him in one big jackpot. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Cary ain't flattered. With the French Surete and the English insurance company breathing down his neck, he'd better find out who the culprit is and fast.

He's got one ally, John Williams of the insurance company who has a sense it ain't really Cary. He's also got to contend with spoiled rich girl Grace Kelly who's taken a fancy to him. How much help she is is a dubious proposition.

Unlike a lot of Alfred Hitchcock films this one doesn't have all that much mystery to it. In fact early on you should be able to figure out who's stealing Cary's tricks. But the color photography which won an Oscar of the French Riviera is breathtaking and Cary Grant and Grace Kelly play the whole thing with such style that you really don't care.

My favorite in the film is Jessie Royce Landis who is Kelly's mother. She's rich, but remembers when she was poor. She takes to Cary and sticks with him when Grace has doubts and gives her quite a lecture on men. She knows her subject well.

Sadly life imitated art in this one. Grace Kelly met her future husband Prince Rainier on the set and on the road where she takes Cary Grant for a speeding car ride is the same one she had the automobile accident that took her life a generation later.

But don't dwell on the morbid here. Appreciate To Catch A Thief for the fine entertainment it is.

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