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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.

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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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WANTED by the police in all the luxury-spots of Europe!... A catch for any woman! 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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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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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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According to Paramount Pictures production files contained at the AMPAS Library, Alec Coppel worked on the script for about a week in mid November 1954, shortly before the final set of retakes was done. See more »

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Frances Stevens: You want a leg or a breast?
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Lightweight but efficient Hitchcock
11 March 2006 | by BJJManchesterSee all my reviews

In between his suspense masterpieces,Alfred Hitchcock sometimes liked to work on less intense projects,and this is one of them.There isn't much opportunities for palm-sweating tension or balletically-composed thrills as you'd expect from old Hitch,but in TO CATCH A THIEF this seems quite deliberate.The intention from the very start is partaking in a light comedy-thriller,and on this level it is very enjoyable.And accomplished performers such as Cary Grant,Grace Kelly,Jessie Royce Landis and John Williams further help to give it further resonance and quality.The one disappointment in the film is it's slow pace.There are some parts in the film that drag and produce lethargy,but the beautiful locations,photography and cast save it,including a witty and sometimes surprisingly risqué script which caused some concern from censors at the time.Grant and Kelly rank as one of the best romantic couples ever on screen,and rub genuine sparks off each other.Even at 50 years old,Grant is as handsome,if not more handsome,than he ever was previously,and also looks amazingly lithe,agile and fit,as befits a retired cat burglar,and despite being almost double Grace Kelly's age,is wholly convincing as her suitor.Grace herself never looked more alluring and ravishing,and Jessie Royce Landis and John Williams provide fine support.Williams himself is barely a year older than Grant,yet you wouldn't suspect that at all when they're together on screen,and how ludicrous it is compared to Grant when towards the film's end Kelly puts a relieved head on his shoulder(even Williams himself seems embarrassed!).Such is Grant's eternal youthfulness that Miss Landis played his mother in the superior NORTH BY NORTHWEST(1959);the fact is she's a few months younger than Cary!

There's a well-known tragic coda to the film;the later titled Princess Grace of Monaco lost her life in a car accident on the very same stretches of road that Hitchcock filmed a chase sequence,but barring this sad fact TO CATCH A THIEF is still very decent Hitchcock,not great Hitchcock.But very decent Hitchcock is still far better than 95% of other directors,so there's no problem in watching and enjoying this film.


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