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THE MASTER OF SUSPENSE

   

For Hicksflicks.com, Aug. 16, 2013

It's Week 3 of the Alfred Hitchcock festival, and the three films scheduled to play Aug. 16-22 at the Broadway Centre Cinemas in downtown Salt Lake City are "To Catch a Thief," twice daily at noon and 9:30 p.m.; "I Confess" at 4 p.m. and "Strangers on a Train" at 7 p.m.

"To Catch a Thief" (1955): A retired cat burglar (Cary Grant) finds that he is being framed for jewel thefts along the French Riviera, so he sets out to solve the crime himself. Along the way he becomes entangled with an elegant heiress (Grace Kelly) with a wild side. Location shooting and gorgeous cinematography are a plus in this romantic adventure that is less suspenseful but more lush than typical Hitchcock.

"I Confess" (1953, b/w, 4 p.m.): Often considered one of Hitchcock's less important films, this thriller is actually more engaging as a character study, and it boasts excellent performances from Anne Baxter and Karl Malden, and especially Montgomery Clift as a priest who hears a murderer's confession, then finds himself a suspect.

"Strangers on a Train" (1951, b/w, 7 p.m.): This one is first-rate classic Hitchcock, a must-see for fans of suspense, as psycho Robert Walker plays a slick, charming but deranged killer who manipulates a professional tennis player (Farley Granger) into a murder-swap scheme. Walker was popular for light comic roles up to this point but Hitchcock let him stretch and he was more than up to the task, and actually saw the trajectory of his career changed as a result.

Coming up are "The Birds," "Psycho," "North By Northwest" and "Vertigo," among others. Click here for the full schedule.