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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:
September 1955 (USA) 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:
Good stuff all around See more (164 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)
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)
Lars Hensen ... Minor Role (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)

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 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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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 (re-rating) | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) (1955) | 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The picnic scene in which Francie (Grace Kelly) asks John (Cary Grant), "Do you want a leg or a breast?" as well as John's response, "You make the choice." was an improvisation.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: On the list of jewelry owners, the room number of Mrs. Jessie Stevens is given as 541, but when John Robie accompanies Mrs. Stevens and her daughter to their rooms, the numbers on their doors are 625 and 623 respectively.See more »
Quotes:
Frances Stevens:You want a leg or a breast?
John Robie:You make the choice.
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54 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Good stuff all around, 31 January 2004
Author: smatysia (feldene@comcast.net) from Houston

A bit of a departure for Alfred Hitchcock, somewhat lighter and with less of the trademark suspense. Thoroughly enjoyable, though. Cary Grant was playing Cary Grant by this time, and no one could do it better. And Grace Kelly, what eye-candy! The snappy dialog with the sexual innuendo was done perfectly. And huge kudos to Brigitte Auber, who was gorgeous and very good. An interesting aside was that Grant's character, while pretending to be someone else, claimed to have been an American circus acrobat, which Grant sort of was early in life (albeit English, not American.) Grant (with his accent) could really never be mistaken for an American, even though he usually played one. Also it was a little eerie to see Grace Kelly driving so fast on those French Riviera cliffside roads, in light of what happened to her later. (Of course, she obviously wasn't doing so, they were using back-projection) Anyway, this film is a must for fans of Hitchcock, Kelly or Grant. Grade: A

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