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To Catch a Thief ()


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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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John Robie
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Frances Stevens
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Jessie Stevens
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H.H. Hughson
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Bertani
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Danielle Foussard
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Foussard
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Germaine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Adrian ...
Detective (uncredited)
John Alderson ...
Detective at the Costume Ball (uncredited)
Martha Bamattre ...
Kitchen Helper (uncredited)
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Commissaire Lepic (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ...
French Waiter (uncredited)
Nina Borget ...
Frenchwoman (uncredited)
George Boyce ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
John Breen ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Cold-cream Woman (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Man with Milk in Kitchen (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ...
Hotel Security (uncredited)
Frank Chelland ...
Chef (uncredited)
Beulah Christian ...
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Wilson Cornell ...
Shepherd (uncredited)
Reinie Costello ...
Spanish Girl (uncredited)
Paul Cristo ...
Hotel Security (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Big Man in Kitchen (uncredited)
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Antoinette (uncredited)
Louise De Carlo ...
Spanish Girl (uncredited)
Guy De Vestel ...
Detective (uncredited)
Gloria Dee ...
Persian Slave Girl (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
Kathleen Desmond ...
French Shepherdess (uncredited)
Lala Detolly ...
French Queen (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Dolores Ellsworth ...
Persian Girl (uncredited)
George Ellsworth ...
Shepherd (uncredited)
Nestor Eristoff ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
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Woman at Costume Ball (uncredited)
Curt Furberg ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Russell Gaige ...
Mr. Sanford (uncredited)
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Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Michael Hadlow ...
Monaco Policeman (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Man Sitting Next to John Robie on Bus (uncredited)
Gladys Holland ...
Elegant French Woman (uncredited)
Jeshurun Howard ...
Boy (uncredited)
Jean Hébey ...
Police Inspector Mercier (uncredited)
Barbara Jones ...
Party guest at costume ball (uncredited)
Beverly Ruth Jordan ...
French Shepherdess (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Lorraine Knight ...
French Huntress (uncredited)
Bela Kovacs ...
Detective (uncredited)
Jeanne Lafayette ...
Frenchwoman (uncredited)
Donald Lawton ...
Detective (uncredited)
Eddie Le Baron ...
Frenchman (uncredited)
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Claude (uncredited)
Edward Manouk ...
Kitchen Helper (uncredited)
Jonathan Marlowe ...
Prince (uncredited)
Jeri McKenna ...
French Princess (uncredited)
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Detective at Costume Ball (uncredited)
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Croupier (uncredited)
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Casino Patron (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ...
Detective (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
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Reporter (uncredited)
George Nardelli ...
Croupier (uncredited)
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Vegetable Man in Kitchen (uncredited)
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Frenchman (uncredited)
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Casino Patron (uncredited)
George Paris ...
Croupier (uncredited)
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Croupier (uncredited)
Joan Patti ...
Spanish Girl (uncredited)
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Monaco Policeman (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ...
Croupier (uncredited)
Jose Portugal ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
John Powell ...
Boy (uncredited)
Paul Power ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Paul Ravel ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Party Guest (uncredited)
Ervin Richardson ...
Detective (uncredited)
Loulette Sablon ...
Frenchwoman (uncredited)
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Frenchman (uncredited)
Otto F. Schulze ...
Chef (uncredited)
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Casino Patron (uncredited)
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Detective (uncredited)
Reginald Lal Singh ...
Maharaja (uncredited)
Earl Spainard ...
Casino Patron (uncredited)
Betty Spotts ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Adele St. Maur ...
Woman with Birdcage on Bus (uncredited)
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Casino Patron (uncredited)
Marie Stoddard ...
Mrs. Sanford (uncredited)
Aimee Torriani ...
Woman in Kitchen (uncredited)
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Jewelry Clerk (uncredited)
Geni Whitlow ...
Persian Slave Girl (uncredited)
Phyllis Young ...
Spanish Girl (uncredited)

Directed by

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Alfred Hitchcock

Written by

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John Michael Hayes ... (screenplay)
 
David Dodge ... (based on the novel by)
 
Alec Coppel ... (contributing writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Alfred Hitchcock ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Lyn Murray ... (music scored by)

Cinematography by

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Robert Burks ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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George Tomasini

Art Direction by

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J. McMillan Johnson ... (as Joseph MacMillan Johnson)
Hal Pereira

Set Decoration by

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Sam Comer
Arthur Krams

Costume Design by

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Edith Head ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

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Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor
Bud Bashaw Jr. ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Harry Ray ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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William Davidson ... assistant production manager (uncredited)
C.O. Erickson ... assistant production manager (uncredited) / unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Herbert Coleman ... second unit director
Daniel McCauley ... assistant director
Ralph Axness ... assistant director (uncredited)
Paul Feyder ... assistant director (uncredited)
Al Mann ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Dorothea Holt ... illustrator (uncredited)
Joe Keller ... props (uncredited)
Robert McCrellis ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Cope ... sound recordist
Harold Lewis ... sound recordist
Howard Beals ... sound editor (uncredited)
Paul Franz ... sound recordist (uncredited)
George Swarthout ... sound cable man (uncredited)
August Van Koughnet ... stage engineer (uncredited)
Bill Wistrom ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Farciot Edouart ... process photography
John P. Fulton ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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W. Wallace Kelley ... second unit photography (as Wallace Kelley)
Bill Avery ... still photographer (uncredited)
Bud Fraker ... still photographer (uncredited)
George Gall ... camera assistant (uncredited)
James Grant ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Vic Jones ... electrician (uncredited)
Gene Liggett ... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Schurr ... camera operator (uncredited)
Leonard J. South ... camera assistant (uncredited)
Darrell Turnmire ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ed Fitzharris ... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Grace Harris ... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Claire Behnke ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Elsie Foulstone ... dialogue coach
Richard Mueller ... Technicolor color consultant
Sylvette Baudrot ... script supervisor: France (uncredited)
Vincent McEveety ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines WANTED by the police in all the luxury-spots of Europe!... A catch for any woman! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief (United States)
  • Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief (United Kingdom)
  • La main au collet (France)
  • Über den Dächern von Nizza (Germany)
  • Atrapa a un ladrón (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 106 min
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Budget $2,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Cary Grant had announced his retirement from acting in February 1953, stating that, since the rise of Method actors like Marlon Brando, most people were no longer interested in seeing him. He was also angry at the way Sir Charles Chaplin had been treated by the HUAC. He was lured out of his retirement to make this movie, and thereafter continued acting for a further eleven years. See more »
Goofs Near the start of the movie when Robie is talking to Bertani in the restaurant, just before he tells him about Hughson, Bertani speaks but his lips don't move. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Seul le cinéma (1994). See more »
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 »
Quotes John Robie: Say something nice to her, Danielle.
Danielle Foussard: She looks a lot older up close.
[John Robie whimpers]
Frances Stevens: To a mere child, anything over twenty might seem old.
Danielle Foussard: A child? Shall we stand in shallower water and discuss that?
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