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- el debbo
I'll view this movie probably once a year for the rest of my life. It's so beautiful...that era on the Riviera was ultra-stylish plus the landscape is breathtaking. In the background, those mini-mountains wreathed in mist! Vundebar! Grace Kelly & Jessie Royce Landis are fantastic, love watching them. The BIG However is that the plot is rather hollow and Cary Grant is almost silent-movie stagey. Hammy. Not the first time. His eyes are always shifting to what's about to happen: the wine bottle he's about to throw, the rear-view mirror, the roof tiles of the potential-heist villa, and so on. He looks the part, but doesn't act it. A real cat burglar would have an inscrutable face. Soured it for me.
An Easy Catch
The title clearly refers to Kelly trying to catch Grant as this takes most of the movie. It's a shame because there is no suspense and unfortunately Grant catches his thief in about 10 minutes.
To Catch a Thief
A entertaining Hitchcock film with a cavalcade of colours. Grant is a reformed cat burglar who finds himself accused of robberies he didn't commit; Kelly is absolutely beautiful in Edith Head's gowns. Oscar-winning cinematography beautifully captures the French Riviera and the romantic aspects of the film are fairly good. This is a colourful romance-thriller from Hitchcock. I give it a 4/5.
Catch a Thief
- Bruce C
A witty - clever film with an exotic setting. A headstrong Kelly working the angles on a collectiveGrant. Ole' Alfred had to be tickled beyond belief to get these two icons on film - in the way onlyhe had a knack for doing. Its a TCM classic jewel without question! Between this and How to Steala Million is a very hard call. Both have the overtones that pull you inside. You may not realize it,but your along for the ride. Assemble your snacks, sit back, and enjoy.
Grant & Hitchcock
- Bruce Reber
In response to Denise Kelly's question, Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock did four films together - "Suspicion" (1941) with Joan Fontaine, "Notorious" (1946) with Ingrid Bergman, "To Catch A Thief" (1955) with Grace Kelly and "North By Northwest" (1959) with Eva Marie-Saint, also my personal favorite of the four. James Stewart was the other actor to do four with Hitch also, "Rope" (1948), "Rear Window" (1954), "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956) and "Vertigo" (1957), my personal favorite Stewart/Hitchcock film.
Style but no 'oomph'
- Mr. Blandings
Grace Kelly is the ice queen even when she's a bit crazy! Nice to see her teamed with the nigh-equally cool Grant but, ultimately, this stylish action film is empty and hollow inside. Nowhere as dramatic or exciting as Hitchcock's "Dial 'M' For Murder" or "Rear Window."
Hitchcock's Romantic Mystery Masterpiece.
- Frank Harris Horn
The French Riviera of the Principality of Monaco and Cannes, France provides the setting for Alfred Hitchcock's classic romantic caper based on the novel by David Dodge. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly are the main attractions with Grant as a retired cat burglar suspected of committing a series of jewelry robberies and the beautiful Ms. Kelly as a pampered heiress, who intends to lure the real thief out into the open with her own bait. Magnificent scenery for the movie's locale provided by cinematographer, Robert Burks, who won an Oscar for Best Color Cinematography. It was during production that Grace Kelly met her then-future husband, Prince Rainier, of whom, she later married in 1956. Vive L'amour. With Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel, Brigitte Auber, Jean Martinelli & Georgette Anys.
For a romantic comedy Hitchcock had a ball with this one....It has plenty of suspense and lots of fun. The screenplay is particularly clever and well acted by all the players. The setting is Monaco and beautifully photographed. It's a genuine delight from beginning to end.
I love this movie--it has all the componants for entertainment--eye candy (for both men and women), good solid acting, witty dialogue, beautiful locations and suspense. Grant and Kelly play off each other wonderfully and the supporting cast have their moments too. Hitchock is the old master of suspense, yet he is able to mix in a touch of humor when needed. If you want a wonderful few hours of entertainment try taking part in this confection.
Total and complete entertainment
I believe the headline says it all. This was not to be a "Notorious" or a "Strangers on a Train" suspence yarn.Simply Hitchcock's perfect idea of anadventurous fun time with two stars thatturned out to have the greatest chemistrythe screen has ever produced. The story is good enough to hold your interest, thescenery and photography magnificent andthe proformances by both Grant and Kellywere dead on. Landis and Williams were equally good. This was not Hitchcock'smost suspenceful or intriging film, butit was far and away his most enjoyable.
A good but not great movie...
Cary Grant turns in a good performance but not equal to his turn in "None But the Lonely Heart" or "Arsenic and Old Lace." Grace Kelly likewise doesn't match the standard she set for herself in "Rear Window." If filming hadn't taken place on the French Riviera, Cary Grant wouldn't have made the movie and also insisted that in the script Grace Kelly chase him as opposed to him chasing her. He was only too aware of the difference in their ages. Hitchcock similarly wasn't up to his direction in "Suspicion" or even "Psycho."
Need to know
- Denise Kelly
How many movies did Cary Grant do for Mr. Alfred Hitchcock?
The beauty of Grace Kelly
The beauty of Grace Kelly really comes out in this film. It is too bad that while making this movie, she met her husband, and thus ended her film career.