To Catch a Thief review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 09/27/11
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 and the screenplay was also engaging. A few of my favorite lines: Robie – “You make the choice.” “You don't have to spend every day of your life proving your honesty, but I do.” The picture was ahead of its time in terms of sexual innuendos or flirtation. Jessie Stevens – “Everyone likes to gamble in one way or another, even you!” A rare uplifting thriller from the master of suspense. The picture is a work of art that symbolizes choices, trust and persistence in finding the truth. To Catch a Thief had humor, drama, suspense and grandiose locations with lush costumes with a somewhat clever twists even at the very end if you hear the very last line.