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)
3,220 ( 456)
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. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


WANTED by the police in all the luxury-spots of Europe!... A catch for any woman! 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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Did You Know?


When Cary Grant reads the insurance valuation on the beach, the valuer's address is Para House Wardour Street London W1. This was the address of "Paramount Pictures" London office. See more »


When Frances Stevens buys a newspaper, a corner of the underside flips up, revealing no printing underneath, a clear indication that it was just a fake, prop newspaper. See more »


Frances Stevens: My nerves could stand a drink.
Jessie Stevens: Your nerves and your mother!
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Crazy Credits

The opening title sequence shows the window of a travel agent, with the text of the titles superimposed. The bottom of the window is not quite horizontal because the window is seen from a slight angle to perpendicular. The text of the titles is given slight parallelogram distortion so the bottom line of text is parallel to the window-sill, and therefore it is not horizontal and parallel with the film frame. See more »


Referenced in Killers (2010) See more »

User Reviews

Did Woman ever look lovelier? Did France?
28 December 1999 | by qfalSee all my reviews

This Hitchcock movie is not about suspense. It is about Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and the French Riviera. If you don't worry about the plot and just watch THEM, you will enjoy it immensely. Hitchcock went through what I call his "travelogue phase" which consisted of Dial M for Murder (London), Vertigo (San Francisco), North by Northwest (Mount Rushmore), and, here, The French Riviera. I consider this phase the time of his masterworks (before he became fixated on the macabre) and although this particular movie is the most insipid of the lot, it is his finest travelogue. For Americans of this period, the mention of Europe must have invoked black and white images of war. Not here!! One really wishes he could take a time machine back to this gloriously beautiful time and place. A movie that can enjoyably be watched time and again. However, I do agree with others that Grant was somewhat miscast as a thief -- even a high-class one.

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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)

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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