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To Catch a Thief (1955)

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A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.


Alfred Hitchcock


John Michael Hayes (screenplay), David Dodge (based on the novel by)
2,897 ( 432)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »





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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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English | French

Release Date:

5 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief See more »


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The two leads ranked #8 on Moviefone's "The Top 25 Sexiest Movie Couples". (May 2008) See more »


The note with the warning message on Carlton Hotel stationary that John Robie receives at the hotel's front desk before going to the Beach with Francie has the impression of a similar message on it, made when the prop department was creating various notes for the director to select for use in this scene. See more »


Frances Stevens: You're leaving fingerprints on my arm.
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Referenced in Goof Troop: To Catch a Goof (1992) See more »

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Brilliant thriller-comedy with an exceptional main couple : Grant and Kelly
1 July 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Enjoyable and riveting comedy-thriller by master of suspense , the great Alfred Hitchcock .On the French Riviera a retired jewel thief nicknamed ¨The Cat¨ (Gary Grant) falling for a gorgeous American girl (Grace Kelly), a high society woman accompanied by her mother (Jessie Royce Landis) , she suspects he's up to his old jobs when a rash of jewel thefts happen. While newspapers publicize ¨The Cat prowls again¨. Then the reformed thief attempting to chase his impersonator .

This elegant film contains suspense , emotion , mystery , and a wonderful love story . And of course full of distinctive Hitchcockian touches with red-herrings , dead-end trails and some typical jokes. Based on the novel by David Dodge , being well adapted by John Michael Hayes who writes a snappy dialog . Marvelous performances from main cast as Gary Grant as smooth and likable thief who returns his old tricks and wonderful , icely effective Grace Kelly whose coldness is gradually melted . Grace Kelly met husband Prince Rainero of Monaco during a photo shop while she was attending the Cannes Film Festival . Both of whom form a sensational couple with sparkling chemical . Furthermore , good secondary cast as the young girl Brigitte Auber and the veterans Jessie Royce Landis and Charles Vanel and of course John Williams who appears nicely dressed in black and posing as servant of two glamorous ladies in a bizarre , fancy costume ball with policeman awkwardly masquerading . There's a magnificent car pursuit throughout the Grand Corniche located on a Riviera hilltop road and shot from a helicopter. Deservedly Oscar-winning cinematography by Robert Buks , Hitch's usual, as he photographed ¨Strangers in a train¨ , ¨The Birds¨ and ¨Marnie¨ . Luxurious Oscar-nominating costumes by Edith Head and splendidly created for Grace Kelly . Spectacular and colorful scenarios with excellent production design by Hal Pereira also nominated to Academy Award , and outdoors filmed in French Riviera , Monaco , Cannes ,and Grand Corniche . Lively and jolly musical score by Lyn Murray. The motion picture is colorfully and stunningly directed by the genius Hitch . Rating : Above average , this Hitchcock effort proved to be as successful as his former popular movies.

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