To Catch a Thief
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 29, 2017
- Originally Released: 1955
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Collectors Edition
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Cary Grant & Grace Kelly|
|Performer:||Brigitte Auber, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel, Wee Willie Davis & Georgette Anys|
|Directed by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Edited by||George Tomasini|
|Screenwriting by||John Michael Hayes|
|Composition by||Lyn Murray|
|Art Direction by||Hal Pereira|
|Produced by||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Director of Photography:||Robert Burks|
Academy Awards 1955 - Best Cinematography: Robert Burks
[C]lose to perfection as a romantic comedy....One of his silkiest and most sheerly enjoyable.
New York Times
It's all about the sparkle of glamour and the romantic smolder of seductive stars playing cagey characters who play at romance with all of their charm. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- Mainly a star vehicle for Grant and Kelly, and one of those glamorous studio capers you occasionally get now that put a leading man and lady together in some hokum genre fare. Full Review
Hitchock-lite, but highly enjoyable for it, To Catch a Thief is a visually dazzling romantic comedy with two incomparable leads. Full Review
Light-hearted romp with much creative photography. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
3 stars out of 5 -- This 1955 caper finds Hitchcock in light-comedy mode….Grant plays with impeccable suavity…
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. Full Review
A supposedly reformed cat burglar, out to prove himself innocent of a recent crime spree, tries to capture the thief who's terrifying the French Riviera. Cary Grant is devastatingly elegant as the reformed thief, John Robie, and charming enough to attract the attention of the lovely Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly), a wealthy and spoiled American traveling the Riviera with her widowed mother (Jessie Royce Landis). However, things do not begin on a romantic note. Robie is more interested in clearing his name than in pursuing the beautiful American, but the two will not go their separate ways so easily. When Mrs. Stevens has her jewels stolen, the snubbed Frances puts the police on Robie's trail. Now the dashing Robie will have to win the confidence and assistance of Frances if he is to ever set things right. The stars are radiant together, with an entrancing chemistry that sparkles, especially in the impromptu ad-libbed dialogue of the picnic scene. A series of elaborate set pieces combined with dramatic Riviera scenery make the film an enduring glamorous spectacle, featuring a fireworks kissing scene that is truly a classic.
Alfred Hitchcock directed this light, thoroughly entertaining comedy-drama in which a reformed cat burglar, to prove himself innocent, tries to capture the thief who's terrifying the French Riviera. He is assisted by a rich, young American woman, and as they track down the thief, they fall in love with one another.
The film offers many beautifully photographed scenes of the Riviera, including a now-classic fireworks sequence.
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- Hitchcock cameo: Hitchcock sits next to Cary Grant on a bus near the beginning of the film.
- The intricate car chase scene was plotted by Hitchcock's wife and frequent collaborator, Alma Reville.
- During the making of this film, which was shot on location in the Riviera, Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier of Monaco, her future husband. Ironically, the winding road she's seen driving on is the site of Kelly's later fatal car accident.
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