To Catch a Thief
To Catch a Thief finds the great Alfred Hitchcock in frothy form, showcasing stunning locations and alluring stars in this undeniably entertaining comedy-romance. Cary Grant is retired jewel thief John Robie, formerly known as ‘The Cat’, now living a quiet life tending to his vineyards on the French Riviera. When a new spate of robberies follows his modus operandi, he is immediately suspected by local police of having reverted to his previous ways.
While he seeks refuge with his former gang and makes plans to capture the copycat, thus proving his innocence, he comes into contact with Frances (Grace Kelly) and her mother, who may well be the thief’s next targets. Placing charismatic Grant and elegant Kelly (in her final role for Hitchcock) on the Rivera makes for an almost impossibly glamorous film which, while not one of Hitch’s masterpieces, is sophisticated, witty, and fun. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)
This film will feature as part of July's FREE film club meeting, The Critical Take, on Monday, August 25th (18.30). This club is open to all so please join us to chat about this film and more! Simply collect your free ticket at the IFI Box Office.
106 MINUTES, U.S.A., 1955, COLOUR, D-CINEMA