To Catch a Thief (1955) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Jessie Royce Landis as Jessie Stevens

Jessie Stevens: Bourbon’s the only drink. You can take all that champagne stuff and pour it down the English Channel. Well, why wait 80 years before you can drink the stuff? Grape vineyards, huge barrels aging forever, poor little old monks running around testing it just so some woman in Tulsa Oklahoma can say it tickles her nose…

4 Responses to “To Catch a Thief (1955)”

  1. Nice choice. This monologue is one of the highlights of an all-around great, fun movie (all of her scenes stand out, in fact). Jessie Royce Landis was a wonderful character actress. I liked her in North by Northwest as well.

  2. I like Hitch’s cameo in this one as a bus passenger who takes a seat next to Cary Grant. This was the very first wide-screen film by the director, who went on to make four more in that format. Entertaining for sure.

  3. Agreed about Hitchcock’s cameo in this, Sam. It’s humorous and lots of fun.

  4. I’ve always thought this one was kind of underrated because it’s so frothy and beautiful and entertaining.

    It’s no Vertigo, but the script is actually pretty sharp. The interplay between Grant and Kelly is fantastic.

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