Film review: To Catch A Thief

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Re-released almost 60 years after it originally graced the big screen, To Catch A Thief is a beautifully crafted thriller from master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, which was nominated for three Oscars, winning Best Cinematography.

John Robie (Cary Grant) is a reformed jewel thief, once known as The Cat, who has turned his back on crime. His reputation precedes him so when a wily thief targets luxury hotels on the French Riviera, the finger of suspicion points at John. Determined to clear his name, John seeks out his friend HH Hughson (John Williams), who reveals the most expensive jewels on the Riviera belong to Jessie Stevens (Jessie Royce Landis). John hatches a plan to flush out the real culprit by baiting him – or her – with Mrs Stevens’ gems.

To Catch a Thief''Film by Alfred Hitchcock

To Catch a Thief''Film by Alfred Hitchcock

In order to get close to his target, John befriends her daughter, pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly), but his cunning plan backfires in spectacular fashion.