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5.0 out of 5 stars Thief!
Alfred Hitchcock made two kinds of movies: bone-chilling thrillers that looked into the dark side of human nature, and witty adventure stories.

"To Catch A Thief" is a sterling example of the latter kind of movie -- a chic, sleek, golden-tinted caper, full of witty dialogue and solid acting from legendary actors. Despite the taut action scenes, Hitchcock makes...
Published on Feb. 22 2007 by EA Solinas

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3.0 out of 5 stars So-so Hitchcock jewel caper
As a connoisseur of Hitchcock's work, To Catch a Thief was merely adequate. Lacking any real suspense, the movie was held together by the excellent cinematography offered by the picturesque French Rivera locale.
Cary Grant was at his suave and debonair best as John Robie, a retired cat burgular who is suspected when a rash of jewel thefts plagues the swanky Riviera...
Published on Feb. 6 2004 by Cory D. Slipman


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5.0 out of 5 stars Thief!, Feb. 22 2007
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EA Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: To Catch a Thief (DVD)
Alfred Hitchcock made two kinds of movies: bone-chilling thrillers that looked into the dark side of human nature, and witty adventure stories.

"To Catch A Thief" is a sterling example of the latter kind of movie -- a chic, sleek, golden-tinted caper, full of witty dialogue and solid acting from legendary actors. Despite the taut action scenes, Hitchcock makes it feel almost like a cinematic vacation.

Paul Robie (Cary Grant) was "The Cat," the most notorious jewel thief in Europe, before he retired. But now impossible heists -- made in Robie's style -- are popping up all over Cannes, and he's the immediate suspect. Narrowly escaping the police, he enlists a friend to help him clear his name by capturing this new Cat.

To do that, he masquerades as an American tourist, and gets to know pretty oil heiress Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly) and her mother. But when the Stevens jewels are stolen, Frances brings the cops down on Robie -- and now he is more desperate than ever to find the Cat, because he suspects it's an old friend...

Hitchcock was in fine form with "To Catch a Thief," especially since he had two great actors in the mix. Granted this isn't one of his more insightful or suspenseful movies, but it captures a sense of sly wit and fun instead.

If "To Catch A Thief" has a problem, it's that astute viewers will be able to guess who the Cat is after about a half hour, maximum. But fortunately viewers can be distracted by Hitchcock's knack for razor-sharp dialogue ("What do you say?" "My only comment would be highly censorable") and double entendres (during an intimate lunch, Francie asks, "You want a leg or a breast?").

It's also gorgeous to behold -- he entire movie is bathed in the golden Riviera sun, with lots of swimming, fast car chases, elaborate costume balls, and ornate hotels. But Hitchcock winds it up with a genuinely tense rooftop chase, complete with wrestling and gunshots.

Grant is a bit grizzled (and VERY overtanned) here, but still dapper and charming enough for Robie, a thief with principles and a taste for the good life. Kelly is also quite good as an heiress who is less prim than she appears; John Williams and Jessie Royce Landis have fun supporting roles as a "veddy veddy English" insurance man and a shrewd rich woman.

"To Catch A Thief" is a warm, sumptuous piece of classic film, with great dialogue and even better acting. Fun, stylish little mystery
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock movie, Nov. 25 2013
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This review is from: To Catch a Thief (Special Collector's Edition) (Bilingual) (DVD)
I will take into consideration in this review that this movie was made and 1954 and released in 1955. Watching the special features after the movie helped to understand why this one did so well in its day and why it was nominated for 3 Academy Awards and won the Oscar for Best Cinematography.

The story was interesting and the photography really was stunning. However, there were times in the storyline when we paused the DVD, looked at each other and said, "How did we just get from there to here?" So, there were leaps in the progression of the story where we just had to fill in the blanks. We also found the dialogue between John (Cary Grant) and Frances (Grace Kelly) to be choppy and unrealistic. People just don't talk that way to each other all the time. This probably was an attempt at including wit into the movie, but it was overdone.

I gave this 4 stars because of the advanced techniques that were used in the making of this movie. For the actual content itself, I would have given it a 3, but that's based on the comparison between what was produced then and now. We did appreciate learning from the special features that, at that time, there was a strict code of ethics and morality to be adhered to by movie makers which meant that the movies were a lot more "family friendly" than most of them are today. I find it sad that we can't still have that code in effect coupled with all the wonderful technology and special effects that go into movie making today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paramount does up the "Thief" just right!, Dec 26 2009
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Robert Badgley (St Thomas,Ontario,Canada) - See all my reviews
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The 1955 Hitchcock drama/thriller "To Catch a Thief" gets the high hat treatment as part of Paramount's two disc Centennial collection of movies.
The movie filmed in Vistavision(Hitchcock's first in this format)stars the suave,debonair and very much tanned Cary Grant and the soon to be real Princess of Monaco,looking stunning I might add,Grace Kelly.All outside footage was shot on the French Riviera in and around the Nice area...and beautiful is the scenery we see throughout.
The film concerns itself with a famous pre-WW2 thief by the name of John Robie(Grant).During the war he was part of the Maquis and became quite famous for his heroic exploits with them.After the war he went legit and is living a contented life in a wonderful villa over looking the Mediterranean until some 15 years later when another thief starts to pick up where Robie left off;copying Robie's style to a tee.
The local constabulary of course suspect him right away.When they come a-knocking Robie leads them on a wild goose chase and for the first while stays barely a step ahead of them.He seeks out an ex-Maquis friend named Bertani who runs a restaurant and who offers his assistance.However his staff,who are also all ex freedom fighters,view Robie as persona non grata,think he's guilty and want no part of him.
Bertani hooks him up with the local Lloyd's of London agent(John Williams) who is the insurer for many of the victim's of the thefts.Robie figures the best person to catch the thief is himself as no one would know the thief's next moves better.The agent supplies him with a list of individuals and their insured property so Robie can get a better handle on what and who might be next.
The police eventually catch Robie but release him on a short leash,so they think,in order for him to prove his innocence.Robie meets up with a rich American widower Jessie Stevens(Jessie Landis)and her daughter Francie(Kelly).It is inevitable that Kelly falls hard for Grant's charms but Francie knows from the start who he really is.She is a headstrong girl and won't take no to helping Robie play out his scheme.She gets him invited to a masquerade ball and it is at that event that Grant finally manages to get his man,er crook.Through a lonely vigil on the roof,while the police think he's on the grounds dancing with Francie(it is really the Lloyd's of London man in disguise),he finally comes face to face with the real thief and in the end catches and exonerates himself.The film ends with Grant and Kelly in a passionate embrace.....ahh,viva la romance!
The film,though not a great film,is still very enjoyable throughout and typical Hitchcock.(Watch for his cameo a short way into the film on a bus-Grant looks at him,then out the bus window to a fade out).It has a lot of plot twists and visual turns that keep you guessing throughout.The scenery in the film is just wonderful and is almost a travelogue in itself.It is of no coincidence that the film was shot where it was.This was a favourite spot for the Hitchcock clan to vacation at and Kelly herself about a year later would become the reigning queen of the principality of Monaco in this very region.
I would give the film itself four stars but in the technical department and with the features supplied in this set,I have added another star to give it full marks.The picture has been remastered wonderfully(as have all the films in this series)and the colours are crisp and rich looking.The second disc of this set contains a real bonanza of riches.Here are some of the things included:A short bio of Hitchcock,a short film on the censorship code prevelant during the /50s,a short on the writing and casting of the film,a short on the making of the film,a short look at its' two main stars,an "appreciative" look at the film,a short on costumer Edith Head,the trailer,several still galleries and an interactive map of the the French Riviera and the actual spots at which the film was shot.I think you will agree this is a stunning array of extras which makes overall for an even more enjoyable experience.
In conclusion,the film gets a solid four stars and the extras contained therein push it all the way to the max.An intriguing and interesting plot keeps one guessing throughout the films run.With this restored print the scenery is shown at its' magnificent best,as are its' cast and two main stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.This is the only way "To Catch a Thief".
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5.0 out of 5 stars TO CATCH A THIEF [1954] [Blu-ray] [US Import], Feb. 16 2015
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TO CATCH A THIEF [1954] [Blu-ray] [US Import] Its Hitchcock . . . It's Monte Carlo . . . Its Cary Grant and Grace Kelly!

The French Riviera'two luminous stars Grace Kelly and Cary Grant and the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, behind the camera. They all add up to one romantic, dazzling screen thriller for the first time on his Blu-ray edition. Cary Grant plays John Robie, a retired jewel thief once known as 'The Cat,' who catches the eye of Frances Stevens [Grace Kelly] a pampered, vacationing heiress. But when a new rash of gem thefts occurs amongst the luxury hotels of the spectacular French Riviera playground, it appears the 'The Cat' is on the prowl again. Is John Robie truly reformed? Or is he deviously using Frances Stevens to gain access to the tempting collection of fabulous jewellery belonging to her Mother [Jessie Royce Landis]? Romance sparks fly as the suspense builds in this glittering Alfred Hitchcock classic that nabbed and OSCAR® for Best Cinematography.

FILM FACT: The film won an Academy Award® and was nominated in another two categories. Won: Best Cinematography for Robert Burks. Nominated: Best Art Direction for Hal Pereira, Joseph McMillan Johnson, Samuel M. Comer and Arthur Krams. Best Costume Design for Edith Head. This was Alfred Hitchcock's first of five films in the widescreen process VistaVision and the final film with Grace Kelly. The film also led to another successful collaboration with Cary Grant, the 1959 classic 'North by Northwest,' and also about a man with a mistaken identity who goes on a breakneck adventure to prove his innocence. The costumes were by Edith Head, including Grace Kelly's memorable golden gown for the film's costume ball. Alfred Hitchcock makes his signature cameo approximately ten minutes in as a bus passenger sitting next to Cary Grant.

Cast: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel, Brigitte Auber, Jean Martinelli, Georgette Anys, George Adrian (uncredited), John Alderson (uncredited), Martha Bamattre (uncredited), René Blancard (uncredited), Eugene Borden (uncredited), Nina Borget (uncredited), John Breen (uncredited), Jack Chefe (uncredited), Frank Chelland (uncredited), Reinie Costello (uncredited), William 'Wee Willie' Davis (uncredited), Guy De Vestel (uncredited), Lala Detolly (uncredited), Bess Flowers (uncredited), Art Gilmore (Trailer Narrator (voice) uncredited) and Alfred Hitchcock (uncredited)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Producer: Alfred Hitchcock

Screenplay: John Michael Hayes, Alec Coppel (contributing writer) and David Dodge (based on the novel)

Composer: Lyn Murray

Cinematography: Robert Burks

Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 [VistaVision]

Audio: English: 2.0 Dolby TrueHD Stereo, English: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, French: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono and Portuguese: 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono

Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Running Time: 106 minutes

Region: All Regions

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Andrew's Blu-ray Review: It takes a thief to catch a thief. That's the old saying, anyhow. And that's the thesis Alfred Hitchcock is exhibiting in his new mystery thriller-romance at the Paramount. With Cary Grant playing the catcher and Grace Kelly playing, well, we won't say! 'To Catch a Thief' comes off completely as a hit in the old Hitchcock style. We're not saying much about Miss Grace Kelly, other than to observe that she is cool, exquisite and superior as a presumably rich American girl traveling with her mother in Europe in a quest (her mother says) of a man. To say more might tip you as to whether she is what you suspect her to be the jewel thief whom Cary Grant is stalking through the lush gambling-rooms and gilded chambers of French Riviera villas, casinos and hotels.

Well from the start of the film it keeps you guessing whether he is the slick cat-burglar, because he says he is out to touch in his previous slick cat-burglar days and that is where Alfred Hitchcock keeps you on tender hook. And vows to help an insurance man from Lloyds of London. What with his being an acknowledged old gem thief, living in a villa high above Cannes and chumming with a covey of ex-convicts, he could be almost anything. He's the fellow who genuinely tries to use his own knowledge of being a cat-burglary to nab the thief who has been terrorising Cannes and causing hysterics and conniptions among the always ineffectual police. But then there are enough other suspects, especially ex-convicts, French thugs and pretty girls, not to mention that nervous Lloyds of London fellow.

Other memorable scenes from 'To Catch A Thief' include the elaborate costume ball which Alfred Hitchcock wanted to film merely to showcase Grace Kelly's shimmering gold gown and Cary Grant's unmasking of the thief on the rooftop. "John Michael Hayes recalled that, during the filming of the final rooftop sequence, Hitchcock summoned him up to the high scaffolding, "Look at them all down there," the director said to his writer, "They think we're discussing something important or profound. But I only wanted to find out whether you're as frightened of heights as I am." (From 'The Dark Side of Hitchcock').

In his accustomed manner, Alfred Hitchcock has gone at this job with an omnivorous eye for catchy details and a dandy John Michael Hayes script. Most of his visual surprises are fantastic, spectacular vistas along the breath-taking Cote d'Azur. As no one has ever done before him, and especially Alfred Hitchcock has used that famous coast to form a pictorial backdrop that fairly yanks your eyes out of your head. Almost at the start, he gives you an automobile chase along roads that wind through cliff-hanging, seaside villages. The surprise is that it is seen from the air! If you have ever been on the Riviera, the images you view look totally brilliant, especially in the awesome Technicolor and VistaVision, splashed on that giant screen.

The script and the actors keep things popping along at a fast pace, in a fast, slick, sophisticated vein. Cary Grant and Miss Grace Kelly do us proud, especially in one sly seduction scene. If you've never heard double-entendre, you will hear it in this film. As the chap from Lloyds of London, John Williams is delightfully anxious and very dry, and Jessie Royce Landis is most amusing as Miss Kelly's low-down American mother. Brigitte Auber is fetching and funny as a frightfully forward French girl, and Charles Vanel has the air of a rascal as a local restaurateur. The direction, of course, is up to the usual high standards of Hitchcock. The film is expertly paced, with just enough jolts interspersed with the comedy to remind the audience that it is, after all, viewing an Alfred Hitchcock film. As Hitchcock himself has admitted, 'To Catch A Thief' has be entitled a "lightweight story," at least compared to such thrillers as 'Strangers On A Train' [1951], 'Rear Window' [1954] and 'Psycho' [1960], to name a few of the film's approximate contemporaries. But a lightweight story in the hands of Alfred Hitchcock does not necessarily make for an inconsequential film. 'To Catch A Thief' is an outstanding comedy, highlighted by the acting of Cary Grant, Grace Kelly and John Landis, and the Academy Award® winning cinematography of Robert Burks.

Blu-ray Video Quality ' 'To Catch a Thief' is presented on a Blu-ray disc, with a stunning 1080p encoded image and with an also stunning 1.85:1 aspect ratio. This Blu-ray, in many ways, is like watching 'To Catch a Thief' for the very first time. Never have the colours looked this amazing, all of them popping off the screen with shocking electricity that blew my mind. Black levels are striking and strong throughout, clarity borders on perfection and while the age of the print is evident in a handful of scenes by and large Paramount's restoration of the negative is beyond outstanding.

Blu-ray Audio Quality ' There is only so much you can do with many soundtracks of this era. The 2.0 Dolby TrueHD Stereo offers a clearl upfront presentation, however, given the other available soundtrack options, this is as good as it gets. Dialogue, an essential component to the realisation of this film, is crisp and clear. Not to worry, I did not miss the surround effects or throbbing low frequency sound waves. 'To Catch a Thief' does not need any of these elements to get its point across.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Audio Commentary: Commentary from Dr. Drew Casper, Professor of American Film and Hitchcock Film Historian: Alfred Hitchcock Film Historian [effete] Dr. Drew Casper, often sounding as if reading his comments, discusses the VistaVision process, the score, the colour palette, shooting locales, Hitchcock's career and style, the specific technical merits of the shoot and the work and make-up of the cast, and even going so far in-depth to discuss how a slight angling of the credits, combined with their colour, suggests the film's duality between light and bubbly motifs and darker elements.

Special Feature: A Night with the Hitchcocks [2008] [1080p] [16:9] [23:20] Footage of the Question and Answer session with Mary Stone [Granddaughter of Alfred Hitchcock], Patricia Hitchcock [Daughter of Alfred Hitchcock] and Dr Drew Casper filmed at the University of Southern California in 2008, with an introduction by Elizabeth Daley, who is the Dean at the School of Cinematic Arts.

Special Feature: Unacceptable Under the Code: Film Censorship in America [2009] [1080p/480i] [16:9] [11:48] Here we get to see people like Dr. Richard Jewell [Hefner Professor of American Film at the University of Southern California], Dr, Drew Casper [Professor of American Film of the University of Southern California], and Del Reisman [Former President of the Writers Guild of America, West] talk about Censorship in the American Cinema and how the Will Hayes Code came in and how Alfred Hitchcock fooled the censors with the sexual innuendoes in the film 'To Catch A Thief' and was totally blatant about it.

Special Feature: Writing and Casting To Catch a Thief [2002] [480i] [4:3] [9:03] Participating in this documentary are Patricia Hitchcock [Daughter of Alfred Hitchcock], Mary Stone [Granddaughter of Alfred Hitchcock], and Steven DeRosa [Author of 'Writing with Hitchcock'] discuss how 'To Catch A Thief' was brought to the screen, especially how the script was altered many times from its initial draft, especially the censors objection to the sexual references and the cost to sections of the film that were dropped from the finished film.

Special Feature Documentary: The Making of To Catch a Thief [2002] [480i] [4:3] [16:53] With this insightful documentary, people like Mary Stone [Granddaughter of Alfred Hitchcock], Doc Erickson [Production Manager], Steven DeRosa [Author of 'Writing with Hitchcock'] and Sylvette Baudrot [Continuity/France] talk about how the film evolved, especially the choice of location in the South of France, that Alfred Hitchcock and family use to holiday regular. It also informs you why they chose the actors, script editor, technical experts and composer, in bringing Alfred Hitchcock film to the silver screen.

Special Feature: Behind the Gates: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly [2009] [1080p] [16:9] [16:12] Participation in this feature are A. C. Lyles [Producer] and Richard Schickel [Film Historian] who inform us whay cary grant and Grace Kelly were chosen for 'To Catch A Thief' and how the camera captured the magic allure of these two actors. One interesting fact brought to our attention, is that this was the last film Grace Kelly ever did, because after this she married the Prince of Monaco.

Special Feature: Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch a Thief: An Appreciation [2002] [480i] [4:3] [7:32] Here we get to see a nice informal insight with Patricia Hitchcock [Daughter of Alfred Hitchcock], Mary Stone [Granddaughter of Alfred Hitchcock] and Sylvette Baudrot [Continuity/France] who give us very personal information about the private life of Alfred Hitchcock and how he had brilliant naughty humour, and also why he chose South of France and of course as I have mention earlier, the whole family use to love to go on holiday in the that part of France where 'To Catch A Thief' was filmed. But what is also very nice is that we get to see Alfred Hitchcock's private home movies.

Special Feature: Edith Head: The Paramount Years [2002] [480i] [4:3] [13:44] Here is another very nice personal documentary about the famous Hollywood clothes designer and is told with great affection by the likes of David Chierichetti [Edith Head's Biographer], Tzeti Ganeu [Head of the Custom-Made department of Western Costume], Bob Mackie [Fashion Designer] and Rosemary Clooney [Actress] who talk in great detail why Edith head became Paramount's top clothes designer and how Edith Head was so good at making the actors look good, and especially the male actors, who Edith Head preferred to design clothes for.

Special Feature: Interactive Travelogue Feature: If You Love To Catch Thief, You'll Love This [1080p] [16:9/4:3] With this Interactive Travelogue Feature, you get to see the via a map of the South of France where each actual location of the film was shot and all you have to do is press ENTER on your remote where the cross is located on the map and what you get is a brief description via a voice over of the actual location where 'To Catch A Thief' was filmed.

Theatrical Trailer: This is the Original Theatrical Trailer for 'To Catch A Thief' [1080p] [1.78:1] [2:12]

Special Feature: Galleries [1080p] This is in four separate categories and they consist of:

1. Movie: Here you get to see 33 black-and-white prestige publicity shots from the film, and mainly of Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

2. Publicity: Here you get to see 11 black-and-white studio images, mainly of the actors from the film set in set publicity promotional photographs.

3. Visitors To The Set: This time you get to see other famous stars visiting the film set and they consist of 14 black-and-white images. Under certain photographs you get yellow typeface wording describing who the stars were and what is happening in that particular photograph.

4. Production: Here we get to see 72 black-and-white rare informal publicity images around the Paramount Studio and in South of France. Once again under certain photographs you get a yellow typeface wording describing who the stars were and what is happening in that particular photograph.

Finally, 'To Catch a Thief' is one great watch. Grace Kelly made very few films and retired a year after shooting this film, following her marriage to Prince Rainier. Monaco's gain was Hollywood's loss since Grace Kelly shows an unerring comedic talent and luminous screen presence. Co-star Cary Grant has deft control of the leading man persona and takes to comedy like a duck to water. Considering what passes for comic presentation in today's cinema, he delivers a performance that should be mandatory viewing for all aspiring actors. There is also something to be said for clever, articulate dialogue without profanity or incoherence as the give-and-take between Cary Grant and Grace Kelly amply demonstrates. Also finding out why Director Alfred Hitchcock's knew how to make all aspects of this film come together and exploits the scenic landscape for all that its worth. But first and foremost, this film reminds us that film-making is a visual art form. In this regard, Paramount Pictures centennial celebration is well served by this brilliant Blu-ray reissue of 'To Catch a Thief.' Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller ' Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars The thief has finally been captured on an incredible DVD!!, Oct. 22 2009
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Stephen Pletko "Uncle Stevie" (London, Ontario, Canada) - See all my reviews
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"Is it true, or just a rumour--that John Robie, a former cat burglar of Paris before the war [World War II], is once again on the prowl? Fashionable resorts on the Riviera are being regularly looted by a skilful jewel thief. Robie, once a hero in the French Resistance Army, was said to have reformed--however, the style of this new crime wave is certainly his."

The above is a close-up of a newspaper article found in this movie that happens to explain its entire premise. John Robie (Cary Grant), nicknamed "The Cat," is thought to be on the prowl again after a lengthy absence. Problem is he hasn't "stolen a piece of jewellery in 15 years."

Robie's self-chosen mission: to catch this imitator, this copy-cat. In order to do this, he "unofficially" gets the aid of an insurance agent (John Williams) and a rich, widower (Jessie Royce Landis) & her daughter (Grace Kelly).
Along the way, Robie becomes romantically involved with the daughter.

This movie (a romantic thriller) is based on the novel "To Catch a Thief" (1952) by David Dodge. It was directed by the "master of suspense," Alfred Hitchcock. It would be Grace Kelly's third and final film for Hitchcock (as she was to become a real princess shortly after).

This movie is filled with witty dialogue. Here's an example just after some jewels have again been stolen on the French Riviera and the thief is again thought to be John Robie by a French woman Robie is talking to:

French woman: "Last night you steal a small fortune, and today you lie on the beach with an American beauty [the rich widower`s daughter]."

Robie: "Well, that's why one needs a small fortune."

The acting is fantastic with Grant Cary (whose birth name was Archie Leach) being debonair, charismatic, and charming. Grace Kelly (being 25 years younger than Grant) holds her own with Grant. Despite the age difference, there was a definite chemistry between Grant and Kelly that comes through on the screen. I also liked the performances by John Williams and Jessie Royce Landis. (Note that by the end of this movie, it seems that Robie (as played by Grant) might become the son-in-law of the rich widower (as played by Landis). Landis was only seven years older than Grant.)

There are also some French actors that appear in this movie. Many seem to be uncomfortable speaking English. There is one exception though. The French actress (Brigitte Auber), whose character (she's the French woman alluded to in the witty dialogue above) is integral to the plot, gives a good performance. (This was a rare occurrence for her to be appearing in an English movie.)

Look for Hitchcock's customary cameo which appears at about nine minutes into the movie.

The cinematography is in a word--magnificent. You can't go wrong when you have the French Riviera (known as the Cote D'Azur in France) in the background. The colour of this movie is beautiful. It was filmed in VistaVision. If you have a large widescreen television to view this movie, then you're in for an incredible experience, (I also envy you.)

The DVD itself (the "Centennial Edition" released in 2009) is perfect in picture and sound quality. Altogether there are eleven interesting extras.

You might be interested to know that there was a television series in the mid-1960s entitles "T.H.E. Cat."

Finally, my only problem concerns the disc's English subtitles. There is some French spoken in the movie. Now the French actors do a good job through there movements and expressions of conveying what is said. However, I would have appreciated that their spoken French be translated by the English subtitles. (Note that the first words Cary Grant speaks are in French.)

In conclusion, there are movies that are said to be "classics." Watch this movie to see for yourself why it is a true classic!!

(1955; 1 hr, 45 min; 18 scenes; 2 discs; widescreen)

<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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5.0 out of 5 stars To catch a break, June 5 2009
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EA Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: To Catch a Thief (Bilingual) (DVD)
Alfred Hitchcock made two kinds of movies: bone-chilling thrillers that looked into the dark side of human nature, and witty adventure stories.

"To Catch A Thief" is a sterling example of the latter kind of movie -- a chic, sleek, golden-tinted caper, full of witty dialogue and solid acting from legendary actors. Despite the taut action scenes, Hitchcock makes it feel almost like a cinematic vacation.

Paul Robie (Cary Grant) was "The Cat," the most notorious jewel thief in Europe, before he retired. But now impossible heists -- made in Robie's style -- are popping up all over Cannes, and he's the immediate suspect. Narrowly escaping the police, he enlists a friend to help him clear his name by capturing this new Cat.

To do that, he masquerades as an American tourist, and gets to know pretty oil heiress Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly) and her mother. But when the Stevens jewels are stolen, Frances brings the cops down on Robie -- and now he is more desperate than ever to find the Cat, because he suspects it's an old friend...

Hitchcock was in fine form with "To Catch a Thief," especially since he had two great actors in the mix. Granted this isn't one of his more insightful or suspenseful movies, but it captures a sense of sly wit and fun instead.

If "To Catch A Thief" has a problem, it's that astute viewers will be able to guess who the Cat is after about a half hour, maximum. But fortunately viewers can be distracted by Hitchcock's knack for razor-sharp dialogue ("What do you say?" "My only comment would be highly censorable") and double entendres (during an intimate lunch, Francie asks, "You want a leg or a breast?").

It's also gorgeous to behold -- he entire movie is bathed in the golden Riviera sun, with lots of swimming, fast car chases, elaborate costume balls, and ornate hotels. But Hitchcock winds it up with a genuinely tense rooftop chase, complete with wrestling and gunshots.

Grant is a bit grizzled (and VERY overtanned) here, but still dapper and charming enough for Robie, a thief with principles and a taste for the good life. Kelly is also quite good as an heiress who is less prim than she appears; John Williams and Jessie Royce Landis have fun supporting roles as a "veddy veddy English" insurance man and a shrewd rich woman.

"To Catch A Thief" is a warm, sumptuous piece of classic film, with great dialogue and even better acting. Fun, stylish little mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thief and thief, Jan. 31 2007
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EA Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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Alfred Hitchcock made two kinds of movies: bone-chilling thrillers that looked into the dark side of human nature, and witty adventure stories.

"To Catch A Thief" is a sterling example of the latter kind of movie -- a chic, sleek, golden-tinted caper, full of witty dialogue and solid acting from legendary actors. Despite the taut action scenes, Hitchcock makes it feel almost like a cinematic vacation.

Paul Robie (Cary Grant) was "The Cat," the most notorious jewel thief in Europe, before he retired. But now impossible heists -- made in Robie's style -- are popping up all over Cannes, and he's the immediate suspect. Narrowly escaping the police, he enlists a friend to help him clear his name by capturing this new Cat.

To do that, he masquerades as an American tourist, and gets to know pretty oil heiress Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly) and her mother. But when the Stevens jewels are stolen, Frances brings the cops down on Robie -- and now he is more desperate than ever to find the Cat, because he suspects it's an old friend...

Hitchcock was in fine form with "To Catch a Thief," especially since he had two great actors in the mix. Granted this isn't one of his more insightful or suspenseful movies, but it captures a sense of sly wit and fun instead.

If "To Catch A Thief" has a problem, it's that astute viewers will be able to guess who the Cat is after about a half hour, maximum. But fortunately viewers can be distracted by Hitchcock's knack for razor-sharp dialogue ("What do you say?" "My only comment would be highly censorable") and double entendres (during an intimate lunch, Francie asks, "You want a leg or a breast?").

It's also gorgeous to behold -- he entire movie is bathed in the golden Riviera sun, with lots of swimming, fast car chases, elaborate costume balls, and ornate hotels. But Hitchcock winds it up with a genuinely tense rooftop chase, complete with wrestling and gunshots.

Grant is a bit grizzled (and VERY overtanned) here, but still dapper and charming enough for Robie, a thief with principles and a taste for the good life. Kelly is also quite good as an heiress who is less prim than she appears; John Williams and Jessie Royce Landis have fun supporting roles as a "veddy veddy English" insurance man and a shrewd rich woman.

"To Catch A Thief" is a warm, sumptuous piece of classic film, with great dialogue and even better acting. Fun, stylish little mystery
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5.0 out of 5 stars It takes a thief to catch a thief, Nov. 23 2006
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Years ago John Robie (Cary Grant) decided that it was better to live rich than poor. So he became a joule thief. He was pretty good at his trade. His ability and modus operandi of sneaking along roof tops gave him the title of "The Cat". However he a war came up and he was an iatrical art of the resistance. This and the promise to give up his thieving ways allowed him to go free and enjoy the proceeds from his ill-gotten ways.

Well it looks like "The Cat" has stuck again. Robie can only clear himself by finding the "Copy Cat." To help he enlists some old friends, an insurance investigator, and some new friends/or maybe victims.

So did he really do it and trying to blame it on someone else?

Why would anyone after all these years want to frame him?

This movie can become a favorite as even when you know the outcome you will watch it again for the action and interaction of the different characters. Then you will also look for clues that are now obvious but missed the first time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars With Class and Grace, July 16 2004
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T. Lobascio (New Jersey United States) - See all my reviews
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To Catch A Thief marks a departure for director Alfred Hitchcock. Here, he sheds the moniker as The Master Of Suspense, going more for romance and comedy--rather than any of his well known plot twists or thrills. The film may not be the best of his career, but thanks to a strong leading man and a radiant leading lady the movie still works.
John Robie, (Cary Grant) is a reformed cat burglar, out to prove himself innocent of a recent crime spree. As he tries to capture the thief who's terrifying the French Riviera, he attracts 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.
Grant and Kelly light up the screen 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 the spectacularc Riviera scenery make the film an enduring piece of American cinema. Hitchcock lets his leads pick up for any of the film's lack of excitement, that traditionally peppers the director's films. I have always had a "crush" on the late Grace Kelly, and this film just helps to solidify those feelings.
The DVD contains three well produced making of featurettes. "Writing and Casting," "The Making of To Catch a Thief," and "Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch a Thief", will give you a well rounded look at the film. But things would have worked out even better if these were edited together as one larger whole. Long time Hitchcock collaborator, costumer Edith Head, is highlighted in a fourth featurette, that also tops off the disc's bonus material.
To Catch A Thief is recommended for any Hitchcock fan..
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3.0 out of 5 stars So-so Hitchcock jewel caper, Feb. 6 2004
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Cory D. Slipman (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) - See all my reviews
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As a connoisseur of Hitchcock's work, To Catch a Thief was merely adequate. Lacking any real suspense, the movie was held together by the excellent cinematography offered by the picturesque French Rivera locale.
Cary Grant was at his suave and debonair best as John Robie, a retired cat burgular who is suspected when a rash of jewel thefts plagues the swanky Riviera. Realizing, he must apprehend the actual thief, whose m.o. parallels his own, he plots a scheme.
Grace Kelly, whose acting ability does not rival her beauty, plays a perfectly typecasted role for her. As a spoiled, bored, rich socialite Frances Stevens, she and her wealthy but earthy mother, played exceptionally well by Jessie Royce Landis are vacationing. The elder Mrs. Stevens has a valuable collection of jewelery that Grant theorizes would make excellent bait.
Hitchcocks creates a predictable plot, with the usual love affair. There is however, little in the way of mystery or tension or even chemistry between Kelly and Grant to make this flick anything more than mediocre. Edith Head provides a high point with her fantastic wardrobes created for the costume ball scene.
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