To Catch A Thief

This 1955 caper finds Hitchcock in light-comedy mode, with not so much as a corpse to be seen. Cary Grant’s a retired cat burglar living in ill-gotten comfort on the Riviera. When a spate of audacious thefts brings him under suspicion, he has to unmask the true criminal to clear himself.

What’s more, his task is complicated by two tourists – a rich vulgarian widow (Jesse Royce Landis) and her seductive daughter (Grace Kelly) who’s turned on by the idea of sex with a crook. Grant plays with impeccable suavity. It’s all slight, charming and fairly forgettable.

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