To Catch a Thief – 1955 – English
Suspense film directed in 1955 by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Auber, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel, Cosmo Sardo, Jean Martinelli, Georgette Anys, Alberto Morin…
Synopsis: American expatriate John Robie, living in high style on the Riviera, is a retired cat burglar. He must find out who a copycat is to keep a new wave of jewel thefts from being pinned on him. High on the list of prime victims is Jessie Stevens, in Europe to help daughter Frances find a suitable husband.
Review: You cannot discuss any Alfred Hitchcock movie without first giving a nod to the master.
Let me ask you this: Was Michelangelo a painter or a sculptor? It is a trick answer of course.. both answers are correct but it is more correct that Michelangelo was an artist. In a similar way you might consider the relationship between the body of Hitchcock’s work and “To Catch a Thief”.
TCaT (To Catch a Thief) is not a classic Hitchcock suspense thriller. It is, however quite a nice piece of work. In fact, the most suspenseful thing about this picture is whether Cary Grant will get together with Grace Kelley. The relationship between these two is really the bulk of the movie. It is beautifully photographed and what better subjects for photography than Grace Kelly and the South of France?
“Notorius Cat Burgular meets Wealthy American Heiress” is a plot that only Hitchcock and few others could make into a picture that would hold up for nearly 50 years. The playful exchanges between Grant and Kelly, rife with sexual innuendo, propell the movie forward to its happy conclusion. For me, the “slice of life” of French Rivera in the 1950s is enough to make this film eminently watchable.
I recommend it highly. Great date movie… though living up to Grant’s or Kelly’s high marks might be difficult.