To Catch A Thief is an iconic classic work of cinema from the 1950s that offers a glimpse into the seamless high life of the French Riviera in the period. On top of this it tells a tale of an ex-thief who is being criticized as being the culprit behind a set of robberies that perfectly imitate his methodology of his undergoings 15 years hitherto.
IMDb synopsis: “When a reformed jewel thief is suspected of returning to his former occupation, he must ferret out the real thief in order to prove his innocence”
John Robie, played by Cary Grant, known as the cat, for his infamous abilities to slip in and out robbing the treasures of the richest bourgeois tenants of the Riviera offers a dazzling performance but is matched by the talents of Grace Kelly who steals the show as the husband-hunting daughter of one of the archetype victims of Robie’s robberies. The story is by no means intellectually challenging but as we all know 9 times out of 10 less is almost definitely more. Hitchcock himself described To Catch A Thief as a “lightweight story” but the gripping cinematography matched by the great script written by John Michael Hayes, Alec Coppel and the book by David Dodge made for 1 hour 45 minutes of pure joy from start to finish. The scene that particularly interested me, cinematically, was when they are in Frances Stevens room watching the fireworks out of the window, the lighting and set design was simply stunning and any filmmakers from the modern day would be proud to have made this, let alone to do so 60 years ago.
In conclusion, the film is one of Hitchcock’s forgotten masterpieces and deserves even more praise than it has alreqady receieved. A must-see. 7.5/10.