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.

Movie Info

In this film, a jewel thief is at large on the Riviera, and all evidence points to retired cat burglar Cary Grant. Grant heads to the Cote D'Azur, where he is greeted with hostility by his old partners. But Grant pleads innocence and vows to find out the true thief.

Rating: PG (for some action violence, mild suggestive material and smoking)
Genre: Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Michael Hayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 24, 2009
Paramount Pictures


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as Frances Stevens

as Jessie Stevens

as Mrs. Jessie Stevens

as Danielle Foussard

as H.H. Hughson

as Bertani

as Foussard

as Jean Hebey

as Commissioner Lepic

as Big man in kitchen

as Antoinette

as Detective

as Kitchen Help

as Mr. Sanford

as Mrs. Stanford

as Man with milk in kit...

as Woman in Kitchen

as Detective

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as Monaco Policeman

as Monaco Policeman

as Cold Cream Woman

as Woman with Bird Cage...

as French Waiter

as Mercier

as Jewelry Clerk

as Desk clerk

as Croupier

as Vegetable Man in Kit...

as Croupier

as Croupier

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as Elegant French woman

as Frenchman

as Frenchwoman

as Frenchwoman

as Frenchwoman

as Man on Bus

as Kitchen Helper

as Frenchman
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Critic Reviews for To Catch a Thief

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

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… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A bubbly and effervescent Alfred Hitchcock romantic-suspenser that finds the Master in a relaxed and purely entertaining mood.

Full Review… | August 13, 2014
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Hitchock-lite, but highly enjoyable for it, To Catch a Thief is a visually dazzling romantic comedy with two incomparable leads.

Full Review… | August 13, 2014

Grant and Kelly are on sparkling form, as is Jessie Royce Landis as the latter's formidable and smirky mother, and the French Riviera is beautifully captured by the Oscar-winning cinematography of Robert Burks.

Full Review… | August 8, 2014
Radio Times

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.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Not the best, but when you have Cary Grant AND Grace Kelly, it's hard to hate it.

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

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