This minor 1955 work by Alfred Hitchcock, one of the lighter entries of his creative peak in the 1950s, is still imbued with the master's stock themes of shared guilt and romantic ambivalence. It is also hardly lacking in Hitchcockian cinematic inventiveness, such as a famous, often-imitated sequence in which some smooching between stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly is intercut with a fireworks show that just happens to be going on outside in a Riviera setting. Grant plays a reformed cat burglar who is suspected of reviving his trade, though he knows someone else is using his old methods. A very enjoyable experience, but don't get this confused with Hitchcock's other Cary Grant film of that decade, a true masterpiece: North by Northwest
. --Tom Keogh
To Catch A Thief
doesn't tend to be mentioned alongside the greats from director Alfred Hitchcock, but that certainly doesn't mean that there isn't a lot to like about it. Starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, the premise of the film is that a retired thief has to find out who's behind a string of thefts, to stop the blame being placed on him.
It's certainly not the most intense movie that Hitchcock has made, yet To Catch A Thief has a playfulness about it, and is an engrossing piece of work. It's a beautifully made one, too, and that's something that comes across wonderfully well on the Blu-ray's 1080p transfer. The colours are bright and precise, and the sharpness of the picture is very welcome.
The release is bolstered further by a compelling package of extra features, led by a really interesting look at the making of the film. This is backed up further by a collection of inevitably retrospective featurettes, and there's an informative commentary track too.
It's a thoughtful package, and one that explores the slightly underappreciated main feature. Hitchcock certainly made better films that To Catch A Thief, but it's still a superior thriller, to which time has been kind. --Jon Foster