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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 »
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Cat burglar See more (190 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
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Australia:G (re-rating) (1994) | 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:
Francie (Grace Kelly)'s car is a Sunbeam-Talbot Alpine Sports Mk I roadster.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:
Frances Stevens:Are you sure you were talking about water skis? From where I sat it looked as though you were conjugating some irregular verbs.See more »
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34 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Cat burglar, 16 July 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

With the magnificent setting of the French Riviera, "To Catch a Thief" is beautiful to look at. Alfred Hitchcock, the absolute master of suspense, appears to be having a lot of fun with this playful account of the rich and famous in their playground. The film is greatly enhanced by the magnificent photography of Robert Burke whose camera does wonders to show us that beautiful part of France.

The film begins with a teasing sequence where one sees a black cat running wildly on the roofs of villas, and later on, hysterical ladies are seen screaming when they realize they have been burglarized. The police links John Robie to the robberies since it appears it's his own modus operandi. In order to fool the authorities that are following him, John boards a bus full of ordinary people bringing things to the market and we catch a glimpse of Hitchcock himself, sitting in the back of the bus, next to John. This is the amazing opening for this film, which shows a lighter Hitchcock, out for a good time.

We then meet the rich Stevens, mother and daughter, who are vacationing at the posh Carlton Hotel in Cannes. The insurance agent, Hughson, introduces Robie to them. Hughson wants the Stevens women to be careful with their jewelry; at least, have them keep their gems in the hotel's safe, which they will not hear of. This seems to be an excuse for bringing together John and Frances, a beautiful and elegant woman who makes a point to show how much she hates having even a conversation with Robie, who will display all his charm and ultimately win her over.

The best asset in the film is the elegant and ravishing Grace Kelly, at the height of her beauty. Ms. Kelly was one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the screen. In a way, it seems almost as though this film was prophetic in what would happen in her life. First, becoming the fairy tale princess of Monaco, and later on, to die in the same highway one sees her racing her car. Ms. Kelly, dressed by the incomparable Edith Head shows an innate elegance and a great flair to carry clothes in such a wonderful manner.

Cary Grant, as John Robie, was at his best portraying the debonair former jewelry thief, a man with a past that had not committed a robbery for many years now, but whose fame preceded him everywhere. Mr. Grant and Ms. Kelly make a great romantic couple whenever we see them. Mr. Hitchcock got a lot out of these two actors and in the process, gives his fan something to care for.

John Williams is excellent as the insurance agent trying to protect his clients. Mr. Williams was a superb actor who almost seems not to be acting at all. The same can be said for the chic Jessie Royce Landis, who always showed she was a smart and elegant actress.

While this is a film so different from most of his other films, Mr. Hitchcock shows a great affinity for comedy in it. This proved to be a pause in his distinguished career to amuse his public. How well he succeeded!

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