To Catch A Thief: Take 15

Le Stuff’s Definitive Location Guide to Alfred Hitchcock’s Classic Film

Series Post #17

La Croisette and the cemetery in Cagnes-sur-mer

La Croisette

When we last saw John Robie (Cary Grant) he was struggling for his life in the middle of the night on the grounds of a beautiful villa located next to the Plage Passable in St Jean Cap Ferrat.

In the following scene Frances (Grace Kelly) and her mother (Jessie Royce Landis) walk down a busy street. A crowd has gathered around a newsstand and there is a palpable excitement concerning the latest headline.

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“LE CHAT EST MORT!” (THE CAT IS DEAD!)

The cat, it seems, is indeed dead, but it’s not John Robie, it’s Monsieur Foussard.

This quick scene takes place in Cannes on the wide walkway that runs along the shore between La Croisette and the beach.

Le Suquet, the old town of Cannes set on a hill above the old port, can be seen in the background.

The Cemetery

Foussard’s funeral is held in the old cemetery just north (behind) of Haut-de-Cagnes, the charming and relatively undiscovered old town that sits above the bustling town of Cagnes-sur-mer. The cemetery is located between Avenue de Verdun and Montee du Cimetiere.

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I came across it purely by chance one day and recognized it immediately as the cemetery used in the film. The scene, I always thought, was pretty risqué given that Robie slaps Danielle Foussard (Brigitte Auber). I remember asking Brigitte about it and she recounted that the scene had to be filmed several times because, according to Hitchcock, Grant was not slapping her hard enough. 

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One response to “To Catch A Thief: Take 15

  1. Kathy Ellis

    I was in Canne be two years ago and went to the Carlton hotel and had drink out on veranda…..hotel is very similar to the movie but the entrance has changed. No cars would be driving up in front. Entrance and restarant only.
    I asked at the front desk if they had anything I could buy that would have a reference to the movie. The desk clerk said no and seemed mystified I would ask such a question! Missed opportunity by the hotel in my mind. But just being there was magical…….

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