Not only is the film directed by the "Master of Suspense" himself, who makes an obligatory cameo during Grant's get-away scene as the jewel thief John Robie, but it's also graced by the presence of Grace Kelly (yes, cheesy pun intended), the Hollywood darling who went off to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Kelly plays Frances Stevens, Grant's clever romantic interest who guesses his true identity as the infamous jewel thief soon after meeting him.
The plot revolves around Robie being framed for a series of jewel thefts in the French Riviera. Although on parole after his heroism as a soldier, the copycat uses Robie's same methods, leading police to the steps of his villa. After a shrewd escape, he hatches a plan with an insurance agent, H.H. Hughson (John Williams), whose company insures the jewels, to find the real culprit.
The film incorporates elements of various genres: mystery, comedy, romance and drama. It also employs two skilled actors to execute these components without cheapening the quality of the film, as romance is difficult to incorporate with the risk of distraction from the main plot.
In fact, Kelly's performance only adds to the film's mystery. When I first saw the film, I assumed Frances was the copycat, playing Robie with her romantic attentions.
Although Grant's smug charm can come off sexist at times, it doesn't dampen the quality of the film. Rather, it only draws attention to how much the times have changed.
If you have no other plans on Halloween, grab a bowl of candy and try to guess the thief.
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