To Catch A Thief

To Catch A Thief

DVD - 2009
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A retired American jewel thief living on the French Riviera seeks to prove his innocence by exposing the burglar who has been imitating his technique.

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dthomas6
Apr 18, 2017

My god, was Grace Kelly beautiful! And the scenes of the Riviera shot from a helicopter are stunning.

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Onewhoissaved
Aug 29, 2016

"To Catch a Thief", 1955, Hitchcocks pairs Cary Grant with Grace Kelly. (Grant did 4 films for the ovate Hitchcock and Kelly did 3.) Retired jewel thief John Robie seeks to salvage his reputation as a gone-straight former thief by finding out the identity of a copy-cat thief who seems to duplicate all of Robie's style. Grace Kelly is the beautiful daughter of a very wealthy woman who owns the kinds of jewels to attract the jewel thief. There is more romance than intrigue or suspense in this picture. Hitchcock obsessed with blond leading ladies. Veteran English actor John Williams adds good support. One interesting fact is that in this film Grace Kelly's mother is played by Jessie Royce Landis who plays Cary Grant's mother in 'North by Northwest'. Landis was only 8 years older than Grant. The French setting in 1955 is very appealing. No over-done violence and no lurid sex scenes makes this movie a relief from today's classless movie making. The coloring of this film is marvelous.

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fdb045
Sep 23, 2015

Totally enjoyable. I watched this movie to see G Kelly in action and was totally thrilled by her, C Grant and the movie by the master A Hitchcock. I expected it to be "dated" but again, was happily surprised that it wasn't an issue.

LPL_DanC Aug 10, 2015

Cary Grant's disturbingly leathery tan is the only thing to mar this otherwise sumptuous piece of eye candy from Alfred Hitchcock. It's not Hitch's greatest by a longshot, but Grace Kelly and Grant are fun to watch, and the sweeping helicopter shots of the French Riviera must have been mind-blowing to audiences in 1955. This movie really takes its time; it's an interesting difference between now and then, as is the lifestyle of Grant's character, whose profession--cat burglar--seems to be something one used to hear about quite a bit, but rarely does now. Perhaps more sophisticated alarm systems and super rich who don't wear jewels around in public have really hurt that profession. This one is worth a watch for arm chair travelers, or fans of Hitchcock, Kelly, or Grant.

d2013 Nov 07, 2014

Pure entertainment with a beautiful cast. One cannot go wrong with Gary Grant and Grace Kelly.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 23, 2014

The rating thing must be broken because it reads average rating: one star. Along with "North by Northwest," Hitch's most purely entertaining film. Great chemistry between Grace Kelly and Cary Grant, both of whom couldn't be more charming or good looking.

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phantomas
Jan 12, 2014

Alfred Hitchcock directed many movies, among them Rear Window, Rebecca, Notorious, and Shadow of a Doubt, but the Hitchcock film that I watch over and over is To Catch a Thief. Yes, it is corny, and yes, in some places even trite, but the actors, the scenery, and the suspense hold my interest. So what's it about, you ask? The Cat has returned. The Cat was the most famous jewel thief in Europe before WWII. Or possibly someone who can imitate the Cat in every detail. John Robie (formerly known as the Cat) has a choice: catch the imposter or go straight to jail. Who is telling the truth: Robie's former associates, the police, or Robie himself? Based on a crime thriller by David Dodge (his books are being published by Hard Case Crime), this 1955 movie will delight you, entice you to travel to the French Riviera, or make you look considerate in the eyes of your significant other as if you have chosen a movie just for him or her. And as a bonus, consider the eye candy: Cary Grant, Grace Kelley, and Brigitte Auber, such flowers as have not flourished in Hollywood before or since.

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Monolith
Aug 29, 2013

This was definitely a charming film. Hitchcock's follow-up to his highly successful prior pieces, "Rear Window", and "Dial M for Murder". I am, unfortunately, unlike most on this page, more prone to prefer those two over this one. A big production, granted; lots of beautiful people in beautiful vistas and life is beautiful. Even the criminals are beautiful, for crying out loud. Heavy on romance. Light on suspense. And that's where it lost some points for me. I'm not discrediting that, by any means; if pompous blue-haired people prancing around in Louis XV period gowns are your thing, more power to ya. I simply am not one who's into the whole glamour and glitz thing. Give me a raw black and white film noir with ugly mugs and ditzy dames and flatfoots trying to figure out who stiffed the stiff any day of the week and I'm happy. Nice film here, just too gooey for me.

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ericbrown
May 22, 2013

If you are interested we will be discussing this movie at the Carlingwood Library Film Club on October 8/13 at 7:00 pm. See you there

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Keogh
Sep 04, 2012

One of my favourite Hitchcock films. Cary Grant is suave and charming as the former thief trying to uncover who's behind a series of thefts, Grace Kelly is radiant, and the supporting cast is ideal. The chemistry between the leads is outstanding, the writing gives us a very clever, playful, and suspenseful story, and Hitchcock, a true master of direction, brings it all together. If you haven't seen this movie before, you're really missing out.

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phantomas
Jan 12, 2014

DANIELLE:"If you were in South America with me, you will know exactly what will happen." ROBIE:"You make it sound dangerous either way." DANIELLE:"It would be so much nicer to be killed by love, no?" ROBIE:"Pardon me while I get the water out of my ear." DANIELLE: "John, you know what sort of men they are at Bertani’s. Another robbery, and they will do something to you." ROBIE: I think I’d better get back." DANIELLE:"What has she got more than me—except money? And you are gathering plenty of that." ROBIE:"Danielle, you are just a girl. She is a woman." DANIELLE:"Why do you want to buy an old car, if you can get a new one cheaper? It will run better and last longer." ROBIE:"It looks as if my old car just drove off." FRANCIE:"No it hasn't. It's just turned amphibious."

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Monolith
Aug 29, 2013

Frances Stevens (of the chicken -- lol): "You want a leg or a breast?" John Robie: "...You make the choice."

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Monolith
Aug 29, 2013

Frances Stevens (of John Robie): "Oh, mother, he played us *both* for fools, and you know it!" Jessie Stevens: "I know you ought to be spanked with a hairbrush and sent back to school; *PUBLIC* school; where they could pound some sense into you during recess!"

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