To Catch A Thief
Screenplay by John Michael HayesDirected by Alfred Hitchcock
FADE IN:1. MAIN TITLES A shaft of moonlight indicates that the period is night. In an open jewel case lined with blackvelvet, a collection of women’s jewelry is displayed. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, wristwatchesrepresent an expensive assortment of emeralds, rubies, diamonds and sapphires. They are incareless arrangement, as though the owner had just taken some of them off the night beforeand had been too tired to put them away in a place of safety. After the last title has gone off, a pair of black-gloved hands come into the picture—and withsoundless and expert dexterity, remove the jewelry from the case.2. EXT. ROOFTOP–(NIGHT)–MEDIUM SHOT A large black cat is seen stealthily going up a steep tiled roof. For a moment, it disappearsinto the shadow of a tall group of chimneys, and then emerges again into the moonlight.FADE OUT:FADE IN:3. INT. HOTEL ROOM–(DAY)–CLOSEUPThere is a sharp contrast in light. It is now broad day-light. The screen is completely filledwith a big head of a middle-aged woman. Her face is covered with cold cream and her greyhair is tied up in a chiffon scarf. She has four gold teeth, which are easily seen in her wide-open, screaming mouth. Still screaming, she looks down.INSERT–THE EMPTY JEWEL CASE4. INT. HOTEL ROOM–(DAY)–CLOSEUPHer head moves away from the CAMERA as we now begin to see her full, night-robed figurerunning around the room in a helpless panic. She sees the open french windows leading toa balcony. She dashes over and through the windows into the sunlight.5. EXT. HOTEL BALCONY–(DAY)–LONG SHOTHer balcony is on the fifth floor of the hotel. She emerges and starts to scream out at theworld at large. Beyond her we see the whole curving sweep of the sea-front at Cannes. Theamount of traffic and people indicates that it is nearing midday. Some of the passersby turnto stare up at her.FIRST WOMAN:
Au secours! Appelez la Police! On m’a volé mes bijoux! Onm’a volé mes bijoux!
LAP DISSOLVE:6. INSERT.It is night. A dresser drawer, pulled open silently, gives us a glimpse of another collection of expensive jewelry. The same two black-gloved hands move in, and we see them scoop up thewhole collection of jewels.7. EXT. ROOFTOP–(NIGHT)–MEDIUM SHOT A black cat stealthily moving across a slate-tiled roof in the moonlight.FADE OUT: