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)
4,159 ( 189)
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


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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Did You Know?


While working on this film in the French Riviera, Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier of Monaco. It wasn't love at first sight for Kelly, but the prince initiated a long correspondence, which led to their marriage in 1956. Afterward, she became Princess Grace of Monaco, and retired from acting. See more »


In the initial chase scene, the maid travels west past Gourdon, then is seen going east past Tourettes-sur-loup. That trip from the villa in Sainte Jeanette would take half a day. The same issue occurs when Robie and Francie go to inspect villas. They travel from the Carlton to upper Cannes, then all the way past Eze, and then back toward Monaco. Good luck doing that in such a short time. See more »


John Robie: I only regret one thing.
Danielle Foussard: That you never asked me to marry you?
John Robie: No, that I ever took the time to teach you English.
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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 Living Single: To Catch a Thief (1998) See more »

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not one of his best? depends on your perspective
4 July 2000 | by jxsn14kempSee all my reviews

Many people don't consider 'To Catch a Thief' as one of Hitchcock's best, but I would argue that it depends on how you look at it. No, it isn't as suspensfull as some of his other thrillers such as 'Vertigo', but for sheer enjoyment it must rank up amongst his best. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly combine well, making it a pleasure to watch, and a film I smiled all the way through. Maybe it isn't a 'critically acclaimed masterpiece', but it is certainly a joy to watch.

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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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