I watched ‘To Catch A Thief‘ again a couple of nights ago. Boy what a great movie! I am a HUGE Cary Grant fan and this film really showcases him. He is very subdued in it though. I hadn’t realized how much his performance is backed up and bolstered by the rest of the cast. Grace Kelly is great. She makes Francie strong yet frail and a bit mysterious. She’s playing the game but is soon caught in her own net. Jessie Royce Landis as Francie’s mother, Jessie, is a real joy. Brigitte Auber as Danielle is wonderful. She can hold her own in the presence of Grace Kelly. Her scenes with Grant are a lot of fun. I had forgotten that Hitchcock had directed this. His direction is fantastic. The scenery/setting is gorgeous, absolutely beautiful.
To Catch A Thief is a must see for Cary Grant fans. And it is recommended to everyone else too.
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Cary Grant is one of the greatest. He can do drama, romance and is HILARIOUS in comedies. TCAT is one of his greatest. My favorite is His Girl Friday.
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I really enjoy Cary Grant. You are so right. He really shines at comedy. We need a modern version badly.
You reminded me that I have His Girl Friday somewhere. I need to watch that.
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If there’s anyone with the versatility of Grant (I won’t compare talent levels), I would say it’s Clooney. Compare Michael Clayton to O Brother Where Art Thou – he’s got both drama and comedy in his repertoire.
I think you’re right. I had the same thought about Clooney. He’s the closest we have to Grant right now. I’ve not seen Michael Clayton but Oh, Brother is great.
Michael Clayton is a very good movie which basically looks at several characters through the lens of a corporate thriller. It isn’t really a thriller, it’s more of a character piece, but it has thriller elements that punch up the characters for the viewer.
My favorite line, which summarizes so many of my characters: “Don’t you know who I am? I’m not the guy you kill. I’m the guy you bribe.”