Rent To Catch a Thief (1955)

3.7 of 5 from 166 ratings
1h 42min
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Synopsis:
Cary Grant plays John Robie, reformed jewel thief who was once known as 'The Cat' in this suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller. Robie is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera, and he must set out to clear himself. Meeting pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly), he sees the chance to bait the mysterious thief with her mother's (Jessie Royce Landis) fabulous jewels. His plan backfires, however, but Frances, who believes him guilty, proves her love by helping him escape. In a spine-tingling climax, the real criminal is exposed.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Alfred Hitchcock
Narrated By:
Art Gilmore
Writers:
John Michael Hayes, David Dodge, Alec Coppel
Others:
Edith Head, Hal Pereira, Robert Burks, Sam Comer, Arthur Krams, Joseph McMillan Johnson
Studio:
Paramount
Genres:
Classics, Thrillers
Awards:

1956 Oscar Best Cinematography Color

BBFC:
Release Date:
13/01/2003
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 3.0, French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Writing and casting To catch a thief
  • Making of To catch a thief
  • Alfred Hitchcock and To catch a thief: An appreciation
  • Edith Head: The Paramount years
  • Commentary by Peter Bogdanovich and Laurent Bouzereau
  • Theatrical trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/09/2012
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby TrueHD 1.0, English Dolby TrueHD 2.0, French Dolby Digital 1.0, Portuguese Dolby Digital 1.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
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Bonus:
  • Commentary by Dr. Drew Casper, Hitchock Film Historian
  • A Night with the Hitchcocks
  • Unacceptable Under the Code: Film Censorship in Hollywood
  • Writing and Casting To Catch a Thief
  • The Making of To Catch a Thief
  • Behind the Gates: Cary Grant and Grace Kelly
  • Alfred Hitchcock and To Catch a Thief-An Appreciation
  • Edith Head - The Paramount Years
  • If You Love To Catch a Thief You'll Love this Interactive Travelogue
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Galleries

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Reviews (1) of To Catch a Thief

Gorgeous Entertainment. - To Catch a Thief review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
20/02/2021

Gorgeously touristic comedy thriller beautifully photographed in Vistavision on the French Riviera as Cary Grant (formerly of the French Resistance!) protests he is not the cat burglar carrying out a series of jewel robberies in the fabulous hotels and chateaux of the rich, but no one believes him. Least of all the police.

Great entertainment with Grant in his absolute element with the racy screwball dialogue, outclassing the curiously awkward Grace Kelly playing surely the role she was born for; a rich American on holiday looking for a suitable husband on the Côte d'Azur. But she does catch the eye.

It's completely weightless (Hitch has left film noir far behind and is creating his own genre which would be ceaselessly copied) but it's so chic and so much fun it's hard to care. Including the visual innuendo of the firework display that signifies Grant and Kelly's sexual congress.

The Vistavision looks amazing on HD television, by the way. 

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