To Catch A Thief

Year Released: 1955
Main Stars: Cary Grant,  Grace Kelly,  Jessie Royce Landis
Review Date: November 2016
Last watched: November 2016
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD

“Leg or a breast?”

Excellent camera work and lighting and wonderful acting in a romantic setting but the wrong director.

There, I said it. Oh, the direction is ok but it lacks any rom-com fizz. There’s hints of shadow and light with a lot of good performances but too little intrigue in the actual plot itself and the obvious talents of Mr Hitchcock are lost. Hardly anything is mysterious and there’s no suspense so I need to wonder if Hitch was the best guy for the job.

My answer is no. I don’t think this was his best work and although he should have been kept as a consultant, I really don’t think he should have been the main director as his inability to capture comedy and girl-boy action is apparent. Some times there are brilliant flashes of his trademark audience direction where you see what he wants you to look at and a couple of scenes that make you, the voyeur, really work at finding in the frame the thing you – and he – know that you want to see. It’s fun and those are gloriously filmed moments but the main bits are all a touch slow and just alck interest.

The hooks that kept me watching were mostly around Cary and Grace who are both infinitely likeable. It’s the first time I’ve seen a complete performance by Grace with my adult eyes and where she was glamorous in my youth, I’m now totally entranced, even alongside the honestly-too-old-to-be-her-love-interest Cary in the lead role.

Good movie? Feel-good maybe but not much more. Worth watching for the leads and some points of film-making interest? Yes.

Watchability (once, twice, etc.)
Keep DVD?
Watch if on TV?
Hug, Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Hug on a rooftop in warm night air.


About Simon Trail

I'm just another film watcher with an opinion.
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