Hoylake Community Cinema, Hoyle Road, Wirral, 27 October, 6.30pm
To Catch a Thief is a 1955 American romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Based on the David Dodge novel, the film won an Oscar for Best Cinematography and was nominated for five further awards, including Best Costume Design and Best Written American Comedy.
When a new wave of jewellery robberies take place in the French Riviera, all heads turn to John Robie (Grant), a reformed cat burglar living handsomely in a French villa. He, ‘the Cat’, is the chief suspect of the police, but he manages to dodge them.
He revisits his former gang of ex-cons from the French resistance, who are angry with him because their lives are jeopardised by the latest spate of burglaries, but Danielle (Brigitte Auber), the daughter of the wine steward Foussard (Jean Martinelli) helps him escape again when the police catch up with him in the restaurant managed by Bertani (Charles Vanel).
Determined to prove his innocence, Robie seeks the help of the Lloyds of London insurance agent, H. H. Hughson (John Williams), to try and pinpoint where this copycat thief will strike next. He ingeniously befriends a potential key victim, American widow Jessie Stevens (Jessie Royce Landis), whose withdrawn daughter (Kelly) also takes a shine to him and helps in his search for the real burglar.
The story is loosely based on the proverb “It takes a thief to catch a thief”.