To Catch A Thief – Throwback Thursday

Intro to… To Catch A Thief
A former thief must catch a new thief to prove that his thieving days are over.

The Plot
Things that we have done in the past do not always reflect the person we are today, yet it is often what we are remembered for. John Robie (Cary Grant), a former cat burglar, knows this all too well. When a string of diamond thefts hits the French Riviera, the police immediately assume that he has come out of retirement.

John is not amused; he has not stolen a single thing in fifteen years. He could not even if he wanted to. His reputation as a thief condemns him to a life of honesty. But the police are not convinced and refuse to investigate other angles. His only way out is to catch this new thief red handed so he can prove his innocence.

Should I Watch It?
To Catch A Thief is a mystery romance that came out in 1955. It was shot at the French Riviera. This astonishing location makes nearly every shot jaw-droppingly beautiful. If it weren’t winter right now, I would be making plans to go there already.

It stars Cary Grant as John Robie, a charming former jewel thief, and Grace Kelly as Frances Stevens, a reckless, and beautiful young woman searching for adventure. There is a tremendous age difference between Grant and Kelly, a whopping twenty-six years, but the movie makes it work. There is a lot of banter back-and-forth between the two characters. This works great because it shows John as an older composed gentleman that does not get swayed by youthful looks alone, and Frances as a determined and intelligent woman.

The movie regularly uses suggestive imaging to tell what is happening. For instance, the opening shot starts with a black cat walking over a roof, symbolising a robber creeping towards his next theft, and the camera zooms into a display of fireworks is shown when John and Frances get intimate with each other on the couch. These suggestions are hardly what you call subtle, but they do enrich the viewing experience.

To Catch A Thief is an amusing and endearing film. It has two great lead characters, fantastic sets and locations, and a fun script that really allows the actors to show what they are made of. You cannot go wrong with this movie.

Yes, watch it.

Hi guys, I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you have any comments or suggestions on what I should watch next let me know in the comment section below.

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