TO CATCH A THIEF (1955)
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly star in this romantic adventure about a retired rogue suspected of a rash of recent robberies on the Riviera and run after by racketeers, regulators, and a ravishing, radiant, rich rubbernecker. I use this film as an alternative to a lot of caper films of today due to the fact that although the lead character had been a thief, he now sees the error of those ways. But even more than that, my suggestion comes from the fact that it is one of the most elegant movies ever made. Not only are Mr. Grant and Ms. Kelly about as good-looking as humans can get, but the film itself is quite stunning. The look, the sound, and the use of Monaco’s location are elements each superior to just about any film I can think of. Add to that Alfred Hitchcock’s tight, sophisticated direction and the audience finds itself totally immersed in the story. While Hitchcock presents some rather sexy encounters between his stars, he’s suggestive but never vulgar. It proves more alluring than today’s more graphic handling of screen sexuality. There’s something more captivating here, more mesmerizing than any of Hitchcock’s films. I’m not saying it’s a better film than Vertigo or North By Northwest, but it is his most hypnotic work. It exemplifies that indefinable something that makes an auteur superior to a mere director.
Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw. When this film was first released, no one left the theater for popcorn. They were glued to their seats with anticipation. A frightening, entertaining parable about a shark that terrorizes a resort community, and the men who hunt it down. - Use TVG
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
Cary Grant is mistaken for another man and kidnapped by spies in this, the quintessential Alfred Hitchcock suspense thriller. Now classic crop dusting scene is one of the iconic moments in movie-making.
THE WRONG MAN (1957)
In 1957 director Alfred Hitchcock made what I think is his most realistic, spine-tingling thriller, The Wrong Man. Henry Fonda plays a mild-mannered musician wrongly accused of several robberies. The accusation, subsequent arrest and trial turn his family’s life into a nightmare. It’s based on a true story, and it still unnerves due to the possibility of any citizen being accused of something he or she didn’t do and how that moment can affect an entire life. Hitchcock directs this off-beat, slow-moving but compelling suspense drama with a semi-documentary style. It’s unlike anything else he did. The Wrong Man, while not really a horror film, is a movie with substance and it will scare you. It’s hard to view movie characters as their lives fall apart, but there’s no question, it is exquisite filmmaking and there is a positive element that inspires. The lead character eventually turns to God for help. It’s a moving scene and it represents the need each of us has for the gracious help of the One in whom all things are possible.