To Catch A Thief

To Catch A Thief: Le Stuff’s Definitive Location Guide to Alfred Hitchcock’s Classic Film

“Dirk’s south of France blog “Le Stuff”, which is principally concerned with Hitchcock locations, is highly recommended.”
Jean Buchanan (as written in the author’s acknowledgements of her book “Mr Dodge, Mr Hitchcock, And The French Riviera: The Story Behind To Catch A Thief”)

“‘Definitive’ is an understatement. The range and depth of information
about To Catch a Thief presented here is amazing. Grace and Cary and Hitch
and Dave would certainly be impressed. Le Stuff definitely knows his
–Randal S. Brandt, A David Dodge Companion

“As I couldn’t find any hint on the internet, it might be that you are the one person in the world who solved the mystery of the picnic scene location….”
–Goetz Marx, Producer, Insignia Film Company – Wiesbaden, Germany

“If you can’t get to the South of France to follow the To Catch a Thief trail in person, Le Stuff provides the next best thing.”
–Jean Buchanan

“Bravo, Le Stuff!  Every area that has a history of movie location shooting should have someone like you to document where it all happened.”

Le Stuff catches a thief on the French Riviera!
-Provence and Beyond


Latest News Updates

*David Dodge fans will be happy to hear that “The Long Escape”, first published in 1948 and out of print for many years, is being re-issued by Bruin Books on 10/24/2011.

*Le Stuff was featured in The Birmingham News on Alec Harvey’s Blog and Column and on on 7/15/11.

*BBC Radio broadcast In Search Of The Villa Noel Fleuri (featuring yours truly – read about it here) on Radio 4 on January 6, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.

*Germany’s N-TV is working on a new travelogue series featuring locations used in To Catch A Thief (broadcast dates TBA).
Le Stuff consulted on the project

*The radio drama TO CATCH A THIEF, adapted by Jean Buchanan and directed by Sara Davies, was broadcast in the Saturday Play slot on January 8, 2011 on BBC Radio 4.

*David Dodge’s novel To Catch A Thief has been reissued by Bruin Books (the reissue includes an introduction by Randal S. Brandt and afterword by Jean Buchanan.

A David Dodge Companion

Exhaustively researched and well written – the definitive authority on To Catch A Thief author David Dodge

Watch the To Catch A Thief movie trailer

New York Times August 5, 1955 review of To Catch A Thief (free log-in required)

The Definitive Guide



-Take 1 – The movie begins

-Take 2 – John Robie’s villa

-Take 3 – The chase

-Take 4 – Monaco

-Take 5 – Cannes

-Take 6 – Nice flower market

-Take 7 – Gourdon

-Locations, locations, locations….

-Le Stuff on BBC Radio 4: In search of Villa Noel Fleuri

-The Location of Bertani’s Restaurant

-Take 8 – The Carlton in Cannes

-Take 9 – Cannes/Moyenne Corniche/Grasse

-Take 10 – Eze, La Turbie, and the Grande Corniche

-Bertani’s Staircase: Mystery Solved

-Take 11 – The Picnic Scene

-Take 12 – Room 623: The Carlton in Cannes

-Take 13 – La Plage Passable, St Jean Cap Ferrat

-Take 14 – The Picnic Site Revisited

-Take 15 – La Croisette and the cemetery in Cagnes-sur-mer

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To be continued….

13 responses

  1. Pingback: To Catch A Thief: Take 8 | Le Stuff

  2. Are there any organized tours of “To Catch a Thief” sites in Cannes/Monoco?
    i am visiting next June.


    • Hi Kathy. There are no organized tours that I’m aware of but it’s something I’ve been mulling over for some time now. I think a TCAT tour on the French Riviera is a great idea! Feel free to contact me when you’re in France and I’ll steer you in the right direction. Very best,

  3. hello! I will be heading to cannes in june and wanted to know if there are any tours for the to catch a thief film? please let me know.
    Thanks Carolyn

    • Hi Carolyn and thanks for your question! I’m not aware of any tours for TCAT unfortunately. I have always thought it would be a great idea. When in June will you be in Cannes?

  4. Year after year people are still thrilled to see where parts of this movie have been made in the French Riviera and it’s always a thrill for me for them to see it.

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