To Catch a Thief is Alfred Hitchcock on vacation. If you are watching the works of the Master of Suspense, whether it’s Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, Rebecca and so forth, you have expectations to be on the edge of your seat. Although it has moments of suspense, We pretty much spend our time in the beautiful setting of the French Riviera with two beautiful leads or Grace Kelly and Cary Grant.
This certainly the most playful film of his 50s run. For me the highlight is Grace Kelly’s performance. I thought it amazing how well Kelly and Hitchcock worked together. She always exuded a high class aura and Hitchcock manage to leverage that into 3 different performances in their films. In To Catch a Thief, Kelly is her most unleashed, feeling almost like a combination her characters Margot Wendice and Lisa Fremont from Dial M for Murder and Rear Window respectively. And talk about a sexy movie, the double entendres, the visuals of the fireworks scene. Hitchcock’s movie never steered away from sex and this film is dripping in it.
Being released after Rear Window, you would expect an equal level of success, but after the heaviness and themes of Rear Window, don’t we all deserve a getaway to a gorgeous area with gorgeous people?