To Catch a Thief1955
Stars: Georgette Anys, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, Jean Martinelli
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Romance
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Runtime: 107 minutes
This minor 1955 work by Alfred Hitchcock, one of the lighter entries of his creative peak in the 1950s, is still imbued with the master's stock themes of shared guilt and romantic ambivalence. It is also hardly lacking in Hitchcockian cinematic inventiveness, such as a famous, often-imitated sequence in which some smooching between stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly is intercut with a fireworks show that just happens to be going on outside in a Riviera setting. Grant plays a reformed cat burglar who is suspected of reviving his trade, though he knows someone else is using his old methods. A very enjoyable experience, but don't get this confused with Hitchcock's other Cary Grant film of that decade, which was a masterpiece: North by Northwest. --Tom Keogh
H. H. Hughson:
You are a man of obvious good taste in everything. Why did you...
Why did I take up stealing? To live better, to own things I couldn't afford, to acquire this good taste that you now enjoy and which I should be very reluctant to give up.
H. H. Hughson:
Then you are frankly dishonest.
I try to be.
Even in this light, I can tell where your eyes are looking.
Look, John. Hold them. Diamonds... The only thing in the world you can't resist. Then tell me you don't know what I'm talking about.
Ever had a better offer in your whole life? One with everything?
I've never had a crazier one.
Just as long as you're satisfied!
You know as well as I do: this necklace is imitation.
Well, I'm not.