Sep 30

Film review – To Catch a Thief (1955)

Film review – To Catch a Thief (1955)

To Catch a Thief

Rating: 8/10

Starring: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel, Brigitte Auber, Jean Martinelli, Georgette Anys

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Review: Film review – To Catch a Thief (1955) – Although a Hitchcock film it doesn’t have the usual Hitchcock feel. That said he is of course in the film, briefly, I’ll let you see if you can spot him. For me the film is stolen by Grace Kelly in her last film before becoming Princess Grace of Monaco, Kelly plays Frances Stevens the daughter of Jessie Stevens a rich American holidaying on the French Riviera. The Stevens are potential victims of a jewel thief who is active in the area. Police believe it is a former cat burglar named John Robie (played by Cary Grant) but can’t prove it and so are forced to just follow him until he makes a mistake. Robie does a deal with an insurance man (played by John Williams) who provides him with information to help him to catch the thief who is impersonating him. He also becomes friends and then more with the Stevens as he sets about this task.

There is good chemistry between Kelly and Grant despite the large age difference (25 years), some nice cinematography from Hitchcock and an engaging if slightly sedate plot. There is also some rather dodgy cutting particularly in the beginning and perhaps one of the worst scenes in cinema history with a kiss between Kelly and Grant having a fireworks backdrop, it looks as though a student snuck into the edit room and pasted it in without anyone noticing.

All in all a romantic thriller worth watching and an ideal first date movie (in the old fashioned sense of course).

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Catch_a_Thief

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048728/

Amazon: Buy it