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To Catch a Thief (1954)

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The police are chasing the wrong man. Always regarded as a lesser Hitchcock, this really came alive when I saw a decent DVD transfer, with sparkling seas and diamonds, brilliant aerial photography of the South of France and of course the beautiful Kelly and Grant, both simply stunning to watch. The witty screenplay by John Michael Hayes, adapting from local adoptee David Dodge’s novel, glides over some unnecessary plot elements, highlights both stars’ finer points and blesses everyone concerned with some delightful double entendres as retired cat burglar John Robie (Cary Grant) chases his imitator who is getting him into hot water while the richest women on the Riviera are denuded of their jewels and one of them Francie Stevens (Grace Kelly) has designs on John Robie… You know as well as I do those jewels are fake. Watching this one is reminded of true glamour and how fleeting it is in reality. Sensational. You can read about the three legendary collaborations between Hitchcock and Kelly in my essay Alfred Hitchcock & Grace Kelly on Offscreen:  http://offscreen.com/view/hitchcock-kelly.

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An occasional movie-watching diary.

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