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Hitchcock and the Censors$
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John Billheimer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177427

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177427.001.0001

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To Catch a Thief (1955)

To Catch a Thief (1955)

(p.200) 26 To Catch a Thief (1955)
Hitchcock and the Censors

John Billheimer

University Press of Kentucky

To Catch a Thief, filmed on the French Riviera, again featured suggestive dialogue by John Michael Hayes. In their review of the script, Code officials logged a number of objections, including excessive bottom pinching, bikini breast exposure, sexual innuendo, repeated scenes of French police ogling salacious postcards, a casino chip dropped down the cleavage of a female gambler, and a sensuous fireworks seduction scene between Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. Hitchcock filmed the script as planned, and then traded off several objectionable passages (bottom pinching, bikini exposure) in order to save others. He cut the French postcard scenes in order to save the fireworks seduction, but had to rescore the fireworks scene with strings instead of a sexy tenor sax in order to make the trade. Time was on his side in the bargaining phase, since the final cuts were made after Joe Breen had been replaced by the more accommodating Geoffrey Shurlock.

Keywords:   Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, John Michael Hayes, Production Code Administration, French Riviera, fireworks seduction, Joe Breen, Geoffrey Shurlock, To Catch a Thief

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