To Catch A Thief


A retired cat-burglar is impersonated by a thief

Thief finds Hitchcock in light-comedy mode, with not a corpse to be seen. Cary Grant is a retired cat burglar living in ill-gotten comfort on the Riviera. When a spate of thefts brings him under suspicion, he has to unmask the criminal to clear himself.

His task is complicated by two American tourists – a rich widow (Jesse Royce Landis) and her seductive daughter (Grace Kelly), who is aroused by the idea of sex with a crook. Grant, in the third of his four Hitchcock movies, performs with impeccable suavity. It’s charming, saucy (“You want a leg or a breast?” asks Kelly) and fairly forgettable.

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