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To Catch a Thief (1955); directed by Alfred Hitchcock - at Derek's Place

  • Apr 15, 2013 · 6:45 PM
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Did you miss this film when it was at The Belcourt? I did and still want to see it. After all, I think Cary Grant and Grace Kelly are about as good as it gets for Hollywood legends. I hope you can join me. Dial M for Murder and Topaz are also on my list of Hitchcock films to screen which I've never watched either.

I'm starting a little earlier so please plan to arrive by 6:45 p.m. to get some refreshments and settle in so I can hit play by 7:00 p.m. Thanks!

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. **I have one cat in case anyone has severe cat allergies.** Let me know if you have cat allergies, and I'll put the cat in another room. Appetizers will be served. Soft drinks and bottled water will be provided. Feel free to bring additional appetizers and beverages. Again, please park in any parking space, just not on the street or my driveway. There's 6 spaces close to my unit, 10 are in the cul de sac at the end of my street, and 20 more are near the phase 2 mailboxes and the pool. Thanks! If you don't see an empty space, please come to the door, we'll show you where to park and give you a ride to and from the parking space if you need one. My cell is [masked] if you have any questions.

To Catch a Thief; 1955; 106 Minutes

Review from Amazon "One of the creamiest of all of Alfred Hitchcock's films, To Catch a Thief is something like pure pleasure. Begin ticking off the ingredients of this 1955 movie and you'll get the picture: Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, the French Riviera, champagne, fireworks, cat burglary. Mmm, it already feels good. Grant plays a retired thief who becomes a suspect when valuable things begin disappearing along the Cote d'Azur. The diamonds hanging from the well-sculpted neck of Grace Kelly would appear to be the newest target, but it's just possible that actual romance might also be wafting through the Mediterranean air. The lightness of the story keeps To Catch a Thief from being one of the masterpieces of Hitchcock's great run in the 1950s, but it is very difficult to cavil about the sunny locations, Grant's elegant aplomb, and Kelly's shrewd withholding of her sexual interest beneath the ice-queen exterior. John Michael Hayes provided the amusing script (which stretches double entendres to their limit, especially in a romantic discussion of fried chicken), Edith Head the splendid costumes. If the movie has any weight at all, it's in proving that at this point in his career Hitchcock was consumed with charting the tricky terrain of male-female courtship; if issues of trust are treated here with a light touch, they nevertheless matter as much as the mechanical working-out of Mr. H's suspense stories."

 

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