Movie Review: To Catch a Thief

 Genre: Thriller

Rated: PG

Year of Release: 1955

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Summary: You much be a thief to catch a thief. A retired jewel thief sets out to prove his innocence after being suspected of returning to his former occupation.

Review: Right from the start the action gets going. in the five minutes of the film there a car chase which was filmed from a helicopter. Catching nice bird's eye view shots of the French countryside. Most of the movie was filmed on location in France.

On occasion, French will be spoken. I learn from Moscow on the Hudson that old movies don't have subtitles. It is not hard to understand. Then again I watch French films, so that helps.

To Catch a Thief has pretty of action along with some downtime to devolve the characters which keep the story going. It does not bug down the story at all.

I have reach the review where I run out of things to talk about. When you watch multiple movies by the same director, especially a notorious one. The style settle in and you get use to it. Everything that done is great and, there not much to point out. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? 

Who am I kidding? I'm talking to a bunch of book bloggers. They are going to give me blank stares when I talk about film theory and get offended at every little thing.

 Oh...that another thing about this movie. According to Amazon's "content warning," you will get offended by this movie. I have some big words to say about these movie "content warnings" which I will put a pin in it for now and write a whole post about it. So stayed tuned.

Sore: 7/10


fun facts: 

  • Director Alfred Hitchcock asked if chase scenes could be filmed from a helicopter, which required some ingenuity, as camera mounts did not exist for this purpose at the time. Using a Sikorsky S-51, UK registered G-AJOV, a former BEA airframe, the side door was removed, and the camera jerry-rigged with ropes, wires, and cables. These shots were done in July 1954, according to a "Making of" short documentary included in the DVD release.

  • When everyone is reading the newspaper and Mrs. Stevens says, "Everyone in Philadelphia reads the Bulletin," it's a reference to a long-running ad campaign for that newspaper. The ads were cartoons that showed something extraordinary going on, in a lighthearted vein, but no one sees it because they are all holding the newspaper in front of them. There is always one person who is not reading the Bulletin and frantically trying to get the attention of all the other people. The caption was always the same: "Nearly everyone in Philadelphia reads the Bulletin."

  • A completely coincidental bit of humor can be found in the scene on the bus where Robie looks to his right and sees a cage full of birds on the seat beside him, then looks the other way and sees Alfred Hitchcock sitting at his left. Eight years later came the release of Hitchcock's "The Birds (1963)."

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