Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1955. Screenplay by John Michael Hayes, based on the novel by David Dodge. Cinematography by Robert Burks. Produced by Alfred Hitchcock. Music by Lyn Murray. Production Design by J. McMillan Johnson, Hal Pereira. Costume Design by Edith Head. Film Editing by George Tomasini.
Cary Grant plays a famous thief who has retired to an easy life in Monaco. When jewel robbery goes on the rise in his city, he finds himself blamed for all of it and must clear his name. Grace Kelly is a visiting American heiress who gets turned on at the thought of his criminal activity, so naturally the two of them find a lot to do when they’re alone in the dark. More famous for having been the film responsible for Kelly’s meeting her eventual husband, Prince Rainier of Monaco, the film is one of Hitchcock’s glossiest film adventures. Gorgeously shot in bright Technicolour, it’s exciting and daring, a film you’ll enjoy thoroughly if you don’t expect the kind of suspense you get from Rear Window or Shadow of a Doubt.
Academy Award: Best Cinematography-Colour
Nominations: Best Art Direction-Colour; Best Costume Design-Colour
Venice Film Festival: In Competition