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To Catch a Thief (1955)

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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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Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

John Michael Hayes (screenplay), David Dodge (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Georgette Anys ... Germaine
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Storyline

American expatriate John Robie, living in high style on the Riviera, is a retired cat burglar. He must find out who a copycat is to keep a new wave of jewel thefts from being pinned on him. High on the list of prime victims is Jessie Stevens, in Europe to help daughter Frances find a suitable husband. The Lloyds of London insurance agent is using a thief to catch a thief. Take an especially close look at scene where Robie gets Jessie's attention, dropping an expensive casino chip down the décolletage of a French roulette player. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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For a moment he forgets he's a thief--and she forgets she's a lady! See more »


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Rated PG for some action violence, mild suggestive material and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$8,750,000
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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John Robie: May I ask you a personal question?
Frances Stevens: I've been hoping you would.
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Delivers on all its promises
2 April 2002 | by thorpemarkSee all my reviews

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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