To Catch A Thief

To Catch A Thief, is from 1955 and stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. The film was nominated for 3 Academy Awards and won for Best Cinematography.

Grace Patricia Kelly, playing the daughter of one of the jewel thief’s victims, was born into a wealthy family in Philadelphia and started her acting career on TV.

Her very first screen appearance was in 1950 on the TV show hosted by Robert L. Ripley, Believe It or Not.

Her career only lasted for 7 years but she was nominated for 2 Oscars and in 1955, won Best Actress for her role opposite Bing Crosby in The Country Girl.

She appeared in only 11 films but she worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, appearing with Gary Cooper in High Noon, Clark Gable in Mogambo, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra in her last film, High Society, and of course, with Cary Grant in this film. And she had previously worked with Hitchcock on Dial M for Murder and Rear Window.

Part of Prince Rainier of Monaco's attraction to marrying a movie star was to increase tourism in his tiny, cash-poor principality, and the Kelly family was turned off by his demands that a substantial dowry accompany Grace to Monaco.

A figure of $2,000,000 was finally agreed upon, which was diverted from Grace's inheritance so that her brother and two sisters wouldn't be shortchanged.

Grace was romantically involved with fashion designer Oleg Cassini. But she broke off her engagement to Oleg Cassini to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco.
She was allegedly romantically involved with all of her leading men apart from James Stewart.

All of her leading men were old enough to be her father (with the exception of William Holden, who was only 11 years older than her).

On September 14, 1982, Grace Kelly was killed in an automobile accident in Monaco, supposedly on the same road as the famous chase scene in this film, and not far from where the picnic scene was filmed.

But her son, Prince Albert of Monaco, categorically denies that and says that it was not even the same road, let alone the same spot. Apparently she suffered a stroke while at the wheel and lost control of the car.

She was only 52 years old.

Later, she was the very first actress to appear on a postage stamp in 1993.

French actor Charles Vanel (as Bertani) could not speak a word of English - all his lines had to be dubbed.

Look for Hitchcock in his cameo, sitting on the bus next to Cary Grant.

Edith Head was costume designer and her career spanned 7 decades, from the 1920s to the 1980s, and included 495 films and television shows. She was nominated for 35 Oscars and won 8.

Some of her films were Notorious, Sunset Blvd., Shane, Roman Holiday, White Christmas, The Ten Commandments, Vertigo, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Sting, Airport and 100s more.

Wally Westmore was makeup supervisor is credited with over 400 films.
A member of the Westmore family of makeup artists, Wally had 5 brothers, all of whom worked in the Hollywood makeup industry.

British actor John Williams, plays H. H. Hughson, and is probably best remembered for his TV commercial for the record collection of "120 Music Masterpieces", which became the longest running national commercial in U.S. television history.

One of the lines was "I'm sure you recognize this lovely melody as "Stranger in Paradise".

But did you know that the original theme was from the Polovetzian Dance Number Two by Borodin?

So many of the tunes of our well-known popular songs were actually written by the great masters...like these familiar themes."