To Catch a Thief

This is the third film I have watched in 24 hours, I need to up my final count of the year.

Hitchcock films are always worth watching, especially when they have Cary Grant, and this one was pretty decent, but not the best.

The story is about Cary’s character being accused of stealing jewels from the rich and wealthy in a resort town on the Mediterranean. In the past he was a infamous cat burgler nicknamed “The Cat”, but someone was copying his modus operandi, so he had to figure out who it was to clear his name. There was of course a pretty woman involved, in the form of Grace Kelly who was excellent along with Cary. Alfred made his cameo near the beginning of the film, on a bus sitting next to Cary.

There was a lot of dialogue, a bit too much I thought, but of course with Cary delivering his witty lines in that Cary Grant way it was quite enjoyable. The locations were fantastic too, the French Riviera was a stunning place even back in 1955.

It was filmed in widescreen, and in Technicolor (very vivid colours), and of course the cinematography was perfecto, so it looked absolutely fabulous.

This is not the best Hitchcock film, it was lacking suspense, but I still found it to be an enjoyable and entertaining film.

Date watched: December 30th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2018: 90

Charade

Not long into watching this I realised I had seen it before, five years ago as it turns out, but it is a good film so I watched the whole thing again.

In fact, I will just repeat my previous post on this:

This is a 1963 flick with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, a kind of thriller/comedy mix. It is also very Hitchcock-ish, some nice twist and turns here and there.

There were a bunch of other familiar actors in it like George Kennedy, Walter Matthau, and James Coburn. Most of the film revolved around Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, Cary doing his witty charming guy thing, and Audrey doing here witty charming thing too. They worked well together, some scenes were fun to watch as they bounced off each other in witty fashion-ness.

Well worth a watch.

The Wiki page on this is not extensive, but the part about the film instantly becoming public domain is interesting (they forgot to put “copyright” in the credits).

A jolly good watch again.

Date watched: June 16th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2017: 70

Arsenic and Old Lace

This is a 1944 comedy with Cary Grant, and directed by Frank Capra.

It is quite a weird story really, based on a stage play about a couple of elderly ladies who take pity on old lonely men by poisoning them dead, and burying them in the cellar. Cary Grant is their nephew. I won’t give anything more away.

The story was quite good really, funny and original, but the hammy acting especially by Cary Grant ruined it a bit. He did way too many double-takes, delayed reaction gags, silly faces, and over-acting. The other actors were alright, especially the guy who played Boris Karloff’s part in the stage play, and Peter Lorre.

It is entertaining enough though.

Date watched: April 25th
Score: 6.5/10
Film count 2013: 56

This video gives you a pretty good idea of Cary Grant’s acting in the film…

Charade

I watched this on Mubi, pretty good quality too.

This is a 1963 flick with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, a kind of thriller/comedy mix. It is also very Hitchcock-ish, some nice twist and turns here and there.

There were a bunch of other familiar actors in it like George Kennedy, Walter Matthau, and James Coburn. Most of the film revolved around Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, Cary doing his witty charming guy thing, and Audrey doing here witty charming thing too. They worked well together, some scenes were fun to watch as they bounced off each other in witty fashion-ness.

Well worth a watch.

Date watched: November 23rd
Score: 8/10
Film count 2012: 116