To Catch A Thief
Cary Grant ■ Grace Kelly
Cary Grant plays John Robie reformed jewel thief who was once known as The Cat in this suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller. Robie is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera and he must set out to clear himself. Meeting pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly) he sees a chance to bait the mysterious thief with her mother's (Jessie Royce Landis) fabulous jewels. His plan backfires however but France who believes him guilty proves her love by helping him escape. In a spine-tingling climax the real criminal is exposed.
This is my absolute favorite Hitchcock film!
A lot lighter than most of Hitchcock's movies, it is a wonderful combination of comedy and suspense.
Both Cary Grant and Grace Kelly were perfect for their roles. Of course, in my opinion, it is very difficult to find a Cary Grant movie that isn't good. Grace Kelly has never been a favorite of mine but I did enjoy her in the movie as well as in High Society.
Another bit of perfection in this film are the costumes, created by one of Hollywood's best, Edith Head. The blue chiffon dress that Grace Kelly wears is definitely iconic, it was chosen for the Grace Kelly To Catch A Thief Barbie doll, also impressive is the golden gown worn to the masquerade in the climax of the film.
This is one of the Hitchcock movies that won't give you nightmares, Psycho and The Birds it is not, but instead will leave you chuckling in places and trying to remember the witty quotes.
Except for one scene with a dead body I would not hesitate to let any child watch this movie. I, myself, would have enjoyed this movie as kid; partly since it is live action, partly for the mystery, and definitely for those gorgeous costumes.
Cary Grant...John Robie
Grace Kelly...Frances Stevens
Jessie Royce Landis...Jessie Stevens
John Williams...H.H. Hughson
Brigitte Auber...Danielle Foussard
Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Côte d'Azur, France
French Riviera, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Hôtel Carlton, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Paramount Studios Hollywood, California, USA
Villefranche-sur-Mer, Alpes-Maritimes, France
1956 Oscar for Best Cinematography, Color
H. H. Hughson: The pastries are light as air.
John Robie: Germaine has very sensitive hands and an exceedingly light touch. She once strangled a German general - without a sound.
Frances Stevens: What do you say?
John Robie: My only comment would be highly censorable.
Jessie Stevens: Why do you think we moved so often? Your father was a swindler, dear, but a lovable one. If you ask me, this one's a bigger operator on every level.
John Robie: Thank you, madam.
John Robie: You're here in Europe to buy a husband.
Frances Stevens: The man I want doesn't have a price.
John Robie: That eliminates me.