To Catch A Thief is a 1955 romantic drama/thriller starring Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, and Brigitte Aubard.
When the jewelries of millionaires are stolen in French Riviera, the former burglar and member of the French resistance John Robie "The Cat" is the prime suspect of the police. John convinces the Lloyds of London insurance agent H.H. Hughson that a copycat is committing the burglaries and he offers to chase the thief to prove his innocence, requesting a list of possible victims in the spot. He befriends the wealthy American widow Jessie Stevens that is on the list and her spoiled daughter Frances Stevens falls in love with him. When Jessie's jewelries are robbed, Frances blames John, but her mother believes in his innocence and decides to help the retired burglar to catch the real thief.
The direction from Hitchcock is really good in this one, the way he shows the setting, and how it relates to the characters and plot. It's a bit more of a different style of film Alfred Hitchcock, as it is more romantic rather than a suspenseful thriller, but I feel that works to its adavantage. The cast are very well played by the actors in their respective roles. Cary Grant is at his usual charming and funny, yet is perfectly contained and smooth throughout the picture. The beautiful Grace Kelly (hey, I'm a sucker for blondes, what can I say) is also fantastic in her role as Frances, and she has wonderful chemistry with Grant. Jessie Royce Landis is hilairious in the film as Jessie Stevens with her witty one liners, she almost steals certain scenes from Grant), and John Williams is good as Hughson. The atmosphere captures the romantic feel of the French Rivera, as well as the mystery of the story and how it will end. Speaking of the French Rivera, it's put to wonderful effect in this flick, including people actually speaking French as as well as the different sights and sounds of the place, which gives it an authentic feel. When I first watched watched this one a couple years ago, I was not a fan of it, but on this second viewing, I must say that I seriously enjoyed it this second time around, it's a pretty great flick.