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THRILLER: To Catch A Thief (1955)

To Catch A Thief (USA, 1955)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Gary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams
The 1950s found Alfred Hitchcock in his prime. Having been freed from the shackles of his early work in Hollywood, including his tempestuous run with David O. Selznick, he was finally free to make the films he wanted to make, exactly the way he wanted to make them. His astounding technical skill, coupled with his burgeoning reputation and ability to attract big-name stars, would produce some of the most iconic films of the mid-20th century, from obsessive character studies like Vertigoand Strangers on a Train to gripping thrill-rides like North by Northwest. To Catch A Thief fits firmly into the latter category, being an example of Hitchcock having fun, pure and simple. Armed with a brace of glamorous leads and a range of opulent locations, he takes a simple premise and carries us on a wave of light-hearted mischief throughout the film’s running time. You could ha…

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