Hitchcock. Grant. Kelly. What a force in film.
"To Catch a Thief" is now available on DVD as a part of
Paramount's Centennial Collection.
I can honestly say that even as a film lover, I haven't seen all of
Hitchcock's films. I hadn't seen "To Catch a Thief" until now, and what
a treat it is. I won't rank this as one of my favorite films from the
Master, but it has its charms that can't be beat.
In the Hitchcock films I've seen over the years, most of them have a dry
wit about them. "Thief" certainly has a lot of it. The number of double
entrendres could fill a book. Watching the film today, the chemistry
between Grant and Kelly is tame, yet I caught myself rewinding the DVD
just to catch some of the lines. There were some real gusty exchanges
for that era, and even today, they're a bit risqué! Hitchcock was
incredibly clever in going around the Production Code of the era, and I
admire him for that.
Grant and Kelly are forever cemented in film lover's minds as a
beautiful on-screen couple. Grant was just such a sophisticated leading
man that both men and women could admire the guy's charm and wit. He was
confident, dashing, daring, and always could make an audience smile. Is
there an equal today? Some magazines have mentioned George Clooney as
the modern day Cary Grant. But to me, Clooney is more style than he is
captivating. Grant could be both stylish and capivating in his roles.
Grace Kelly really was not only a stunning lady, but a very good
actress. Looking at her biography on
, it's surprising
how few major films she actually made before retiring. Only in her 20s,
she was very confident and seductive in this film. Hitchcock clearly had
admiration for her beauty and acting ability. She wasn't merely eye
candy, but a much deeper kind of actress we don't see much of today.
You're stuck by her, yet there is a smart woman underneath that
The film is a fun mystery which never takes itself too seriously. This
is one of those rare films from the 1950s that was shot a lot on
location. The shots of southern France are simply remarkable by
cinematographer Robert Burkes' VistaVision cameras. He won an Oscar for
The film has been around for years now, and it's certainly considered a
favorite among Hitchcock fans. And who can blame them? Hitchcock. Grant.
Kelly. A mystery. France? Amour!
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