Here, though, Grant's enjoying a day in the sun -- and night -- as he tries to track down the villain that's giving him a bad name. You see, John Robie (Grant) is retired. But some young upstart is stealing his M.O. -- and the new cat's eyes are on Robie's new would-be girlfriend, Frances (Grace Kelly), and her mom (Jessie Royce Landis).
Unfortunately, the real cat is pretty obvious from the get-go, and the ending, with Robie apprehending the cat atop a rooftop, is about as tepid as Hitchcock ever got. Thankfully, this movie is full of style -- even if Grant is sleepwalking through his performance -- with gorgeous vistas and beautiful sets. Of course, having Grace Kelly in your movie (this is the one during which she met the Prince of Monaco) never hurts. Hitchcock's signature is all over this one, from a scene in which a cigarette is snuffed out in an egg (Hitch hated the things) to his riding in the back of a bus, a seatmate with Grant.
Too bad the clever plotting in otherwise similar works like Northwest isn't quite there. This one's all style (and tons of it), but little substance.
The new DVD features a crisp widescreen transfer and four featurettes about the making of the film. A documentary about Hitchcock regular , costume designer Edith Head -- one of the most Oscar-winning people of all time -- is worth a peek.
Climb every rooftop.
Run time: 106 mins
In Theaters: Thursday 1st September 1955
Box Office Worldwide: $8.8M
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Production compaines: Paramount Pictures
Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
Fresh: 40 Rotten: 2
IMDB: 7.5 / 10
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Producer: Alfred Hitchcock
Screenwriter: John Michael Hayes
Starring: Cary Grant as John Robie, Grace Kelly as Frances Stevens, Jessie Royce Landis as Jessie Stevens, Brigitte Auber as Danielle Foussard, John Williams as H. H. Hughson, Charles Vanel as Bertani, Jean Martinelli as Foussard, Georgette Anys as Germaine, Bess Flowers as Masquerade party guest