Le Stuff’s Definitive Location Guide to Alfred Hitchcock’s Classic Film
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I was contacted recently by a film producer who’s developing a series of travel shows for Germany’s N-TV. He asked for my help in identifying specific locations used in To Catch A Thief.
No problem, right?
Well, I thought it would be a breeze but I have to admit there were a couple of challenges.
1) The Balcony Scene:
A woman screams as she discovers her jewelry has been stolen.
In a panic she runs onto her hotel room balcony where we, the viewers, are treated to an expansive shot of Nice’s world famous seafront boulevard, the Promenade des Anglais.
And so begins Alfred Hitchcock’s light hearted thriller “To Catch A Thief”.
(From Le Stuff’s “To Catch A Thief: Take 1)
The producer wanted to shoot on the “actual” balcony used in the scene.
I knew it was several blocks east of the Hotel Negresco (the pink dome of The Negresco can be seen in the background) on Nice’s Promenade des Anglais, but I had never taken the time to pinpoint it exactly.
It wasn’t possible, when pausing the scene, to count the number of blocks from the Negresco so I needed to find a closer landmark in order to “count down” to the exact spot.
That landmark ended up being the distinctive roof line of what is now the Hotel Palais de la Mediterranee. Once the Palais was located it took just a few minutes to arrive at the correct balcony.
It’s located on the corner of Rue Massenet and the Promenade des Anglais, just behind the Club Mississippi and office of tourism (05 Promenade des Anglais, 06000 Nice, France for Google Earth fans).
2) The Picnic Scene:
For some reason, I had not previously tried to find the picnic setting, even though it’s one of the film’s best-known scenes.
For this challenge I simply had to pull out a map and go to work.
It’s not (she crashed while driving on the CD37 below the village of La Turbie).
I’ll reveal the location of the picnic in a future post, but in the meantime you might like to know what I found on the spot made so famous by Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.
A picnic table.
The picnic scene is featured at 0:24 in the trailer (below).