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To Catch a Thief (1955)

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A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.

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Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

John Michael Hayes (screenplay), David Dodge (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... John Robie
Grace Kelly ... Frances Stevens
Jessie Royce Landis ... Jessie Stevens
John Williams ... H.H. Hughson
Charles Vanel ... Bertani
Brigitte Auber ... Danielle Foussard
Jean Martinelli ... Foussard
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... Germaine
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Storyline

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. The Lloyds of London insurance agent is using a thief to catch a thief. Take an especially close look at scene where Robie gets Jessie's attention, dropping an expensive casino chip down the décolletage of a French roulette player. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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WANTED by the police in all the luxury-spots of Europe!... A catch for any woman! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some action violence, mild suggestive material and smoking | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

5 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cary Grant had announced his retirement from acting in February 1953, stating that since the rise of Method actors like Marlon Brando, most people were no longer interested in seeing him. He was also angry at the way Charles Chaplin had been treated by the HUAAC. He was lured out of his retirement to make this movie, and thereafter, continued acting for a further eleven years. See more »

Goofs

After Robie leaves Danielle's boat and swims to the beach, he lies down in the sand. Since his body is all wet a lot of sand sticks to it. Yet in the next shot when he is asked to answer the phone at the beach, there is no more sand on his body. See more »

Quotes

John Robie: Well, we only met a couple of minutes ago.
Danielle Foussard: That's right, only a few minutes ago.
Frances Stevens: Only a few minutes ago? And you talk like old friends...
Frances Stevens: Ah, well, that's warm, friendly France for you.
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not one of his best? depends on your perspective
4 July 2000 | by jxsn14kempSee all my reviews

Many people don't consider 'To Catch a Thief' as one of Hitchcock's best, but I would argue that it depends on how you look at it. No, it isn't as suspensfull as some of his other thrillers such as 'Vertigo', but for sheer enjoyment it must rank up amongst his best. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly combine well, making it a pleasure to watch, and a film I smiled all the way through. Maybe it isn't a 'critically acclaimed masterpiece', but it is certainly a joy to watch.


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