To Catch A Thief: Prelude

Le Stuff’s Definitive Location Guide to Alfred Hitchcock’ s Classic Film

Series Post #2


Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, premiered in New York City in August of 1955.

It was an immediate hit.

Adapted from a novel by David Dodge, To Catch A Thief tells the story of ex- jewel thief John Robie (Grant), who is forced out of retirement by a mysterious string of burglaries in Nice and Cannes.  It seems the thief is using all of Robie’s old tricks and the police suspect him of committing the crimes.  In order to salvage his reputation, and his hide, Robie decides to track down the copy cat himself.  Along the way he becomes romantically involved with the icy, but very beautiful, Frances Stevens (Kelly).

Aside from the obvious star power of Grant and Kelly, the movie showcases the stunning scenery of the French Riviera and the villages just north of the coast. To Catch A Thief still stands, in my opinion, as one of the most visually captivating films ever made.

For those of you who are true To Catch A Thief addicts, I recommend purchasing the Special Edition DVD from The Paramount Centennial Collection.  The Bonus Features alone are worth the price.


My purpose in writing this series of articles is to give readers an insight into many of the magnificent French locations used in the film.  I’ve decided to include recommendations for hotels, restaurants, etc. along the way in the form of Trip Notes.  Hopefully these tidbits of modern day information will prove helpful to anyone planning a visit to the area.

I welcome any and all comments, corrections, suggestions, etc.

Now, on to the movie.

More to follow….

Read the next post in this series here.

3 responses

  1. Pingback: To Catch A Thief: The Definitive Location Guide To Alfred Hitchcock’s Classic Film « Le Stuff

  2. Great find this pages! I’ve been a To Catch a Thief fan for a long time. My dream vacation is to go to French Riviera and hunt down this locations. I already have some of them pin down on Google Earth. But, I’m from Puerto Rico and very expensive to travel there, but some day… For now this articles are great, thanks!!

    • Thank you David! Please stay tuned (or pleeeeeease subscribe to Le Stuff) for upcoming To Catch A Thief posts.
      If you ever make the trip to the Riviera let me know….

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