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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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Complete credited cast:
... John Robie
... Frances Stevens
... Jessie Stevens
... H.H. Hughson
... Bertani
... Danielle Foussard
... Foussard
Georgette Anys ... Germaine
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American expatriate John Robie living in high style on the Riviera is a retired cat burglar. He must find out who a copy cat 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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5 August 1955 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$8,750,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hitchcock asked if chase scenes could be filmed from a helicopter, which required some ingenuity, as camera mounts did not exist for this purpose at the time. Using a Sikorsky S-51, UK registered G-AJOV, a former BEA airframe, the side door was removed and the camera jerry-rigged with ropes, wires and cables. These shots were done in July 1954, according to a "Making of" short documentary included in a dvd release. See more »

Goofs

When Hughson hands Robie the list of jewelry owners, he hands it to him with his right hand, but in the next shot, the list is suddenly in his left hand. See more »

Quotes

H. H. Hughson: You are a man of obvious good taste in everything. Why did you...
John Robie: Why did I take up stealing? To live better, to own things I couldn't afford, to acquire this good taste that you now enjoy and which I should be very reluctant to give up.
H. H. Hughson: Then you are frankly dishonest.
John Robie: I try to be.
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Escapism At Its Most Delicious
29 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film, "disappointing"? Who is that reviewer kidding? No female would ever say that. This film is escapism at its finest, and what, pray tell, is wrong with escapism in this ever-more-dreary and stressful world? I don't CARE that this isn't a serious acting effort on Cary Grant's behalf; I don't CARE that the plot is telescoped. What I DO care about is the fantasy of it all: the beauty of the two stars, their clothing, the surroundings, the sets, and the way this movie just takes a (female) viewer away to a place and time that she will never have experienced but would love to experience: the South of France in the '50s; healthy, witty people with unlimited funds; sunshine, flowers, villas; amusing intrigue involving stolen jewels; the sparkle of the Mediterranean. And that gaspingly gorgeous costume ball! Wow! Please. This is a frothy and fabulous dreamscape like no other. After a very stressful day, to lie down with a glass of chilled champagne and watch Cary Grant and Grace Kelly cavort on the French Riviera is the most sublime thing one could do. I know more than a few females who honestly could not have withstood their lives without the escape this film provides. Thank you Mr. Hitchcock! You have performed a great, great service!


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