Trivia / To Catch a Thief

  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: #46
  • Channel Hop: Among the six movies that Hitchcock directed for Paramount, only this one averted it when rights to four of the other five went to Hitchcock's estate, and Psycho to Universal.
  • The Danza: Jessie Royce Landis as Jessie Stevens.
  • Dawson Casting: Danielle is a teenager and she says that Francie looks old. She was played by Brigitte Auber, who was 27 at the time, and more than a year older than Grace Kelly.
  • Directing Against Type: The movie is markedly different from Hitchcock's usual style.
  • Executive Meddling: Hitchock and screenwriter John Michael Hayes clashed a lot during production, as Hitchcock wanted the film to go a different way than how Hayes did.
  • Uncredited Role: Alec Coppel (best-known for co-writing Vertigo) made uncredited contributions to the screenplay.
  • What Could Have Been: The original script's ending resolves a lot more than the actual film's ending does, including the arrest of the Big Bad (though the scene blatantly hints that he and Danielle have a getaway plan in the works.) But apparently much to the scipt writer's dismay, Hitchcock changed it so that the film ends rather abruptly and with a joke. Hitchcock had wanted to do something similar with Strangers on a Train, end the film at Guy's acquittal, but the studio wouldn't let him.