To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jesse Royce Landis

     
 

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A jewel thief is at large on the Riviera, and all evidence points to retired cat burglar Cary Grant. Escaping the law, Grant heads to the Cote D'Azur, where he is greeted with hostility by his old partners in crime. All of them had been pardoned due to their courageous activities in the wartime Resistance, and all are in danger of arrest

Overview

A jewel thief is at large on the Riviera, and all evidence points to retired cat burglar Cary Grant. Escaping the law, Grant heads to the Cote D'Azur, where he is greeted with hostility by his old partners in crime. All of them had been pardoned due to their courageous activities in the wartime Resistance, and all are in danger of arrest thanks to this new crime wave. But Grant pleads innocence, and vows to find out who's been copying his distinctive style. With the reluctant aid of detective John Williams, Grant launches his investigation by keeping tabs on the wealthiest vacationers on the Riviera. One such person is heavily bejeweled Jessie Royce Landis, who is as brash and outspoken as her daughter Grace Kelly is quiet and demure. But "still waters run deep," as they say, and soon Kelly is amorously pursuing the far-from-resistant Grant. Part of Kelly's attraction to Grant is the possibility that he is the thief; the prospect of danger really turns this gal on. Being Cary Grant, of course, he can't possibly be guilty, which is proven in due time. But by film's end, it's obvious that Kelly has fallen hard for Grant, crook or no crook. Occasionally written off as a lesser Alfred Hitchcock film (did we really need that third-act fashion show?), To Catch a Thief is actually as enjoyable and engaging now as it was 40 years ago. Though the Riviera location photography is pleasing, our favorite scene takes place in a Paramount Studios mockup of a luxury hotel suite, where Grant and Kelly make love while a fireworks display orgasmically erupts outside their window. And who could forget the scene where Jessie Royce Landis disdainfully stubs out a cigarette in an expensive plate of eggs? Adapted by frequent Hitchcock collaborator John Michael Hayes from a novel by David Dodge To Catch a Thief won an Academy Award for cinematographer Robert Burks.

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To Catch a Thief is one of Alfred Hitchcock's more deceptively simple films. The wonderfully entertaining and attractive film feels so light and breezy, it's easy to miss the more serious social dimensions of the movie. There isn't much of the classic Hitchcockian menace or suspense, but there's always more going on than meets the eye. Though at times used to humorous effect, the overt sexuality between leads Cary Grant and Grace Kelly is more than just playful: Grant's subdued performance only highlights the distance between the two characters. There is also Hitchcock's emblematic technique of parallel characters, in this case Grant's cat burglar and Brigitte Auber's character, who is falsely accused of a crime. The latter perhaps wishes he committed the crime, and in a perverse sort of way, he actually does. To Catch a Thief appeared in the middle of Hitchcock's most popular string of films; though it may have been intended as a minor change of pace, the film is chock-full of classic images and thought-provoking peculiarity.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929305100
Original Release:
1955
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Sales rank:
7,587

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant John Robie (The Cat)
Grace Kelly Frances Stevens
Jesse Royce Landis Mrs. Jessie Stevens
John Williams H.H. Hughson
Charles Vanel Bertani
Brigitte Auber Danielle Foussard
Jean Martinelli Foussard
Georgette Anys Germaine
Eugene Borden French Waiter
Nina Borget Frenchwoman
Margaret Brewster Cold Cream Woman
Guy de Vestel Detective
Jeanne Lafayette Actor
Eddie LeBaron Actor
Alberto Morin Detective
George Nardelli Actor
Barry Norton Frenchman
George Paris Actor
Manuel Paris Actor
Albert Pollet Actor
Loulette Sablon Actor
Adele St. Maur Woman with Bird Cage on Bus
Cosmo Sardo Actor
Otto F. Schulzs Chef
George Adrian Actor
Michael Hadlow Monaco Policeman
Martha Bamattre Actor
John Alderson Detective
Russell Gaige Mr. Sanford
Jean Hebey Mercier
Bela Kovacs Detective
Roland Le Saffre Claude
Paul Newlan Vegetable Man in Kitchen
Leonard Penn Monaco Policeman
Marie Stoddard Mrs. Stanford
René Blancard Inspector Lepic
Philip Van Zandt Jewelry Clerk
Lewis Charles Man with milk in kitchen
Frank Chelland Chef
Wee Willie Davis Big man in kitchen
Dominique Davray Antoinette
Steven Geray Desk clerk
Gladys Holland Elegant French woman
Louis Mercier Croupier
Don Megowan Detective

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Producer
Robert Burks Cinematographer
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John Cope Sound/Sound Designer
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
John P. Fulton Special Effects
John Michael Hayes Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
J. McMillan Johnson Art Director
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel McCauley Asst. Director
Lyn Murray Score Composer
Hal Pereira Art Director
George Tomasini Editor
Wally Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- To Catch a Thief
1. Missing Jewels
2. Rooftop Escape
3. The Copycat Burglar
4. Beach Club at Cannes
5. An Extremely Bad Risk
6. List of the Richest Clients
7. Mrs. Stevens
8. The Cat Strikes Again
9. Old Friends
10. Looking for a Villa
11. Followed by the Police
12. Picnic Grounds
13. Fireworks
14. Falsely Accused
15. The Wrong Cat Is Captured
16. Costume Ball
17. The Real Cat Confesses
18. Proper Appreciation

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To Catch a Thief 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
artlady More than 1 year ago
Hey, I love Cary Grant and old movies, so this is a winner. Add Grace Kelly, and...... A "must have" for "old movie" buffs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this Hitchcock film of jewel robberies and Riviera romance. Grant is John Robie, "The Cat", former jewel thief pardoned for his Resistance heroics during the Second World War. Kelly plays an American heiress on vacation with her plainspoken mother(Jessie Royce Landis). The police suspect Robie of committing some new robberies. He pleads innocence. Kelly figures out who Robie is, or was, although Grant's character introduces himself as Conrad Burns from Oregon. There's a Grant-Kelly romance here, with the always present question of who is committing the robberies.
jac62 More than 1 year ago
I debated about picking up this version, but was amazed at the clean up that was done on the picture. The Vista Vision really stands out in its clarity. This is a fluff piece from Hitchcock, but boy is it entertaining. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly have never been more relaxed on the screen. Plus, audio commentary from Peter Bogdonavich has been included.
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This movie amazing! On the Hitchcockian scale, it may falter, but what good director stays the exact same. That is what makes Hitchcock such an amazing director. In my review of Rebecca, I said that it was not a typical Hitchcock film, and that is why I disliked it, but I don't want to sound contradictive because this movie is still a Hitchcock, but just not as dark. There is no doubt about it, this movie must be seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A terrific film! Grace Kelly is beautiful in all the scences. Cary Grant is funny and Jesse Royce is hilarious!! I love this movie, the costumes are terrific. A very surprising ending!
dragonzwisard More than 1 year ago
A master's masterpiece, "To Catch A Thief" ranks among Mr Hitchcock's finest. Everything about this version of the cat and the canary is spot on: the story, the settings, the cast (what memorable characters!), the screenplay, the score. And it gives us Cary Grant in his most charming bon vivant role. The plot twists as only Mr Hitchcock can twirl it as "The Cat" tries to prove he really has retired to a life of leisure and elegance admist the rich and ordinary residents of the French Riviera. "Catch A Thief" is superb; go ahead, catch a taste of it ~~ you'll not be sorry.
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This is one of the best films Hitchcock, Kelly or Grant ever made. It has it all -- mystery, romance, humor, great French Riviera scenry -- what more could you ask for? Less sinister and moody than most of Hitchcock's work -- this film has all his trademarks -- dramatic lighting, fabulous acting, and yes, even that cameo of Alfred himself. You owe it to yourself to own this classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cary Grant's famous sarcastic humor shines all throughout the film. Jessie, Grace Kelly's mother, matches that humor to a T. Grace Kelly plays an uptight rich girl that is used to having to reign her mother back in when she gets too wild or carefree or drunk. Everyone's character is quite a character, but I reccomend captions for all the french in there. It's so sexy to watch These two flirt around, and to have full on displays of (literal and figurative) fireworks in between the most romantic scene that turns to disaster and then humor. Only one person dies, and it isn't a major character, but you're mind always thinks that Cary will be killed at some point. I love the scene when Grace and Cary go on their picnic and look at villas together (a whole backstory there in itself that will ruin your experience if i explain), and they are being followed/chased by the French police. He knows it, but won't say anything. She's speeding and making tight turns on cliffs, almost running people over. He suggests slowing down, and she mentions the police following them, and he tries to deny it which, when the picnic scene comes, you realize that she has figured out his true identity. You will see these really steep roads in some car chasing scenes, that look more suitable for a roller coaster design than a car. Sadly, it was speeding down one of those roads in the south of france, that now literal Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco was killed in a car crash. The movie ends on a humorous note, and that note isn't the dialouge, but in fact the reaction to that dialouge. Buy it!!!