Tuesday Night Flicks: "To Catch a Thief"

Hosted by Richard Miami

Frothy, entertaining and stylish, and the standard for many fashionable heist and caper movie to follow.

One of the creamiest of all of Alfred Hitchcock's films, To Catch a Thief (1955) is pure pleasure. Begin ticking off the ingredients and you'll get the picture: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, the French Riviera, champagne, fireworks, cat burglary. Grant plays a retired thief who becomes a suspect when valuable things begin disappearing along the Cote d'Azur. The diamonds hanging from the well-sculpted neck of Grace Kelly would appear to be the newest target, but it's just possible that actual romance might also be wafting through the Mediterranean air.

John Michael Hayes provided the amusing script (which stretches double entendres to their limit, especially in a romantic discussion of fried chicken) and Edith Head the splendid costumes. To Catch a Thief is frothy, entertaining and stylish, and the standard for many fashionable heist and caper movie to follow. 

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock - 106 minutes

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