To Catch a Thief
As part of the five-program Fashion Reels, SLIFF offers Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief,” one of the Master of Suspense’s most nimble-footed, lighthearted entertainments, with costumes by Hollywood’s grande dame of design, Edith Head, and performances by cinema’s apogees of elegance, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. American expatriate John Robie (Grant), a retired cat burglar, lives in high style on the Riviera, but a wave of jewel heists forces him to catch the copy-cat thief to avoid blame. High on the list of prime victims is the bejeweled Jessie Stevens (Jessie Royce Landis), in Europe to help daughter Francie (the never-more-gorgeous Kelly) find a suitable husband. Knowing that the Stevens gems are ripe for the pilfering, Robie charms his way into the women’s lives with the intent of trapping the cat.