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To Catch a Thief

Cary Grant is a reformed jewel thief, once known as 'The Cat', but now living quietly in a Cannes hilltop villa. When burglaries occur that seem to bear his old trademark, he has to catch the thief to prove his innocence, a chore in which he is assisted by Grace Kelly, rich American girl, her mother, Jessie Royce Landis, and insurance agent John Williams. While a suspense thread is present, director Alfred Hitchcock doesn't emphasize it, letting the yarn play lightly for comedy more than thrills.

Cary Grant is a reformed jewel thief, once known as ‘The Cat’, but now living quietly in a Cannes hilltop villa. When burglaries occur that seem to bear his old trademark, he has to catch the thief to prove his innocence, a chore in which he is assisted by Grace Kelly, rich American girl, her mother, Jessie Royce Landis, and insurance agent John Williams. While a suspense thread is present, director Alfred Hitchcock doesn’t emphasize it, letting the yarn play lightly for comedy more than thrills.

Grant gives his role his assured style of acting, meaning the dialog and situations benefit. Kelly, too, dresses up the sequences in more ways than one.

Support from Landis and Williams is firstrate, both being major assets to the entertainment in their way with a line or a look.

1955: Best Color Cinematography.

Nominations: Best Color Costume Design, Color Art Direction

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To Catch a Thief

  • Production: Paramount. Director Alfred Hitchcock; Producer Alfred Hitchcock; Screenplay John Michael Hayes; Camera Robert Burks; Editor George Tomasini; Music Lyn Murray; Art Director Hal Pereira, Joseph MacMillan Johnson
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 103 MIN.
  • With: Cary Grant Grace Kelly Jessie Royce Landis John Williams Charles Vanel Brigitte Auber
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