To Catch a Thief (1955)
Critic Consensus: It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades -- as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.
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Critic Reviews for To Catch a Thief
It is a significant dud, and Grace Kelly's role has the virtue of making clearer the quality which excited so much attention in previous roles.
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.
One of the most lightweight (and not even particularly deceptively so) of Hitchcock's comedy-thrillers; a retreat from the implications of Rear Window into the realm of private jokes and sunny innuendo.
A bubbly and effervescent Alfred Hitchcock romantic-suspenser that finds the Master in a relaxed and purely entertaining mood.
Hitchock-lite, but highly enjoyable for it, To Catch a Thief is a visually dazzling romantic comedy with two incomparable leads.
Audience Reviews for To Catch a Thief
I'm not sure there's anything extra special about this film, but compared to a great many, its craft and its plot are excellent. The colours are beautiful, and Grace Kelly absolutely shines. The suspicion cast on Cary Grant's character keeps you watching - and of course, guessing - right to the very end, constantly ratcheting up the tension in the way only Hitchcock can. It's one of the director's least disturbing and most accessible works, and unlike a lot of his early stuff, it doesn't feel dated - justifiably called a classic.
This is once again Hitch making a film that's a mix of romance and thrills, although here the focus is more on the romance. That's really not a bad thing though.
The film is really straight forward, but it's still solid and good. I mean, it's about a jewel thief on the loose, with the prime suspect being a reformed cat burglar trying to move on with his life. He tries to start up a relationship with an heiress, who, despite having feelings for him, is still very suspicious of him.
What really makes the film stand out are the strong performances (decent overall, but not the best work for the performers), and the stunning cinematography, which was at least nominated for an Oscar. The locations are good too, but really come alive just for the wonderful camera work.
All in all, a solid, entertaining Hitch romp, though in the grand scheme of things, it's in the middle of his filmgraphy in terms of greatness, but that also basically means that if another director made it, it would probably be at the top of their list.
Not the best, but when you have Cary Grant AND Grace Kelly, it's hard to hate it.
To Catch a Thief Quotes
|Frances Stevens:||Have you ever had a better offer?|
|John Robie (The Cat):||You know as well as I do, those jewels are fake.|
|Frances Stevens:||Well I'm not.|
|Frances Stevens:||He's a thief.|
|Mrs. Jessie Stevens:||And what did he steal from you?|
|Frances Stevens:||Oh, mother!|
|Mrs. Jessie Stevens:||Since when is love a crime?|
|John Robie (The Cat):||You're here in Europe to buy a husband.|
|Frances Stevens:||The man I want doesn't have a price.|
|John Robie (The Cat):||That eliminates me.|
|Frances Stevens:||Would you like a leg or a breast? [Grace Kelly offers Cary Grant some chicken]|
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