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To Catch a Thief (1955) Movie Information

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Alfred Hitchcock


Cary Grant
Grace Kelly
Jessie Royce Landis
John Williams
Brigitte Auber
Charles Vanel





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Light and breezy Hitchcock trifle about a retired jewel thief lured out of retirement by a copycat criminal. Romance ensues with a beautiful American heiress against the luscious backdrop of the French Riviera.

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Snoogans 12/07/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I didn't find it particularly involving. It starts off quite strong in the first couple of scenes, but the long middle portion feels drawn out and, at times, slightly boring. The unnecessary romance is most of the cause. Cary Grant is left to charm his way through this section, which barely suffices. It picks up again later in the third act. Some good moments here and there, but ultimately one of the more forgettable in Hitchock's filmography.

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mitchellyoung 08/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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There aren't a lot of twists and turns in this more straightforward Hitchcock film, but the smartly-written romance and dialogue between Grace Kelly and Cary Grant is the stuff classic films are made of.

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SIngli6 05/01/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Though frothy and fun, this is about as second-tier as it gets with Hitchcock.

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sapien 10/27/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The ending was very predictable. But, the rest of the movie, particularly Grace Kelly's mother, made up for it.

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01/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"To Catch A Thief" by Yojimbo

A retired cat burglar joins forces with an insurance agent to catch a copycat thief who is throwing suspicion onto him. To Catch A Thief lacks the darker edge that marked Hitchcock's best, but this film epitomizes the the kind of Hollywood glamour that is still to be equalled. Highly aspirational, it is set in capitalist heaven where beautiful people exist in beautiful surroundings and the wealthy are all either charming sophisticates or refreshingly down to earth and untainted by their riches. The mystery element to the plot takes a virtual back seat to the irresistible pairing of Grant and Kelly; he the soul of suave as the gentlemen thief and she radiating classical femininity to the point where every time she is described as "pretty" it nettled me as it seems like ludicrous understate...

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09/27/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

To Catch a Thief review

A retired jewel thief nicknamed “The Cat” John Robie (Cary Grant) investigates the perpetrators of a series of jewelry related robberies. Robie visits his old gang members from the French Resistance including Bertani and Foussard. Danielle Foussard (Brigitte Auber) entices John to “get away” with her and insists that he stop prying into the new “Cat’s” activities. He asks assistance from H. H. Hughson (John Williams), Bertani’s friend and Francie Stevens (Grace Kelly). Despite its age of its creation, the film’s cinematography and premise is never dated. Elegant costumes were utilized and the score was endearing. Pace of the film never dragged and had some exciting scenes such as the car chase with the police and the roof top encounter with the new “Cat.” Solid acting was exhibited...

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