To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief quotes

43 total quotes (ID: 902)

Danielle Foussard
Francie Stevens
John Robie
Mrs. Jessie Stevens


And so to bed where I can cuddle up to my jewelry...as rare and wonderful as they are, I think I'd rather have a hundred thousand Jeremiahs.


I have no more affection for that jewelry than I have for a train ticket that gets me somewhere.

Since when is love a crime?

[to Robie] Did I brush your fur the wrong way?

[to Robie, about her father] It's because of you he's dead...Get out of here - killer...Murderer!

Danielle: I was just thinking about you, imagining you in your expensive villa enjoying life, while we work like idiots for a loaf of bread.
Robie: I work for a living too - raising grapes and flowers.
Danielle: And rubies, and diamonds, and pearls...I've always dreamed of going to South America. People say it's a virgin country. I can cook, sew, keep my mouth shut and peddle stolen jewels on the black market...

Robie: What happens to you if I'm caught?
Hughson: I might be embarrassed, even censured officially.
Robie: They could put me away for good.
Hughson: You made a bad choice of professions.
Robie: Then, let's come to an understanding. I'm doing you a favor. I take all the risks. You get all the jewelry back.
Hughson: Mr. Smith. It strikes me that only an honest man would be so foolish.
Robie: Thank you.

Hughson: You are a man of obvious good taste in everything. How did you - I mean, why did you...?
Robie: Why did I take up stealing?...To live better, to own things I couldn't afford, to acquire this good taste which you now enjoy and which I should be very reluctant to give up.
Hughson: Oh, you mean you were frankly dishonest.
Robie: I tried to be.
Hughson: You know, I thought you'd have some defense, some tale of hardship - your mother ran off when you were young, your father beat you, or something.
Robie: Naah, no. I was a member of an American trapeze act in the circus that traveled in Europe. It folded and I was stranded, so I put my agility to a more rewarding purpose.
Hughson: You have no other defense.
Robie: No. For what it's worth, I only stole from people who wouldn't go hungry...
Hughson: I take it you were a sort of modern Robin Hood. I mean, you gave away most of the proceeds of your crimes.
Robie: Kept everything myself. Well, let's face it, I was an out-and-out thief, like you.
Hughson: Steady, old man.
Robie: No, no, wait a minute. Have you ever taken an ashtray from a hotel or a towel?
Hughson: Souvenirs, they expect that.
Robie: You're given an expense allowance to pay for all the meals you eat on the job. Right? But this meal is free. Now, are you going to deduct the price of a lunch from your expense account? Well, of course you're not. It would be stupid. Do you agree?
Hughson: Yes.
Robie: You're a thief. Only an amateur thief, of course, but it will help you to sympathize with us professionals.

Hughson: The pastries are light as air.
Robie: Germaine has very sensitive hands and an exceedingly light touch. She strangled a German general - without a sound.

Francie: Maybe Mr. Houston doesn't care for gambling.
Mrs. Stevens: Everyone likes to gamble in one way or another, even you!
Francie: I have an intense dislike for it.
Mrs. Stevens: [looking at the men in the room] Francie, dear, when the stakes are right, you'll gamble!

Mrs. Stevens: [to Robie] How come you haven't made a pass at my daughter? [to Frances] And don't say, 'Oh, Mother!' to me. Mr. Burns, I asked you a question.
Robie: Very pretty, quietly attractive.
Mrs. Stevens: Yeah, but too nice. Sorry I ever sent her to that finishing school. I think they finished her there.

Francie: Do you have time for me, now?
Robie: I'm sorry I was so long out there at the float.
Francie: From what I saw of that girl, I thought you'd be a lot longer.

Francie: I've been waiting all day for you to mention that kiss I gave you last night.
Robie: You know, back home in Oregon, we'd call you a headstrong girl.
Francie: Where in Oregon, the Rogue River?
Robie: Where were you born?
Francie: In a taxi halfway between home and the hospital. I've lived in twenty-seven different towns and cities.
Robie: Was somebody chasing you?
Francie: Boys.
Robie: Well, you can stop running now.

Francie: I had the funny feeling that all they wanted was to get their hands on my money.
Robie: Oh, I'm impressed. Well, on second thought, back home in Oregon, we'd have called you a rich, headstrong girl. That would have made it all right.
Francie: Money handles most people.
Robie: Do you honestly believe that?
Francie: I've proved it.
Robie: You're a singular girl.
Francie: Is that good or bad?
Robie: Oh, it's good, it's quite good. You know what you want. You go out after it and nothing stops you from getting it.
Francie: You make it sound corny.
Robie: Oh no, you're a jackpot of admirable character traits.
Francie: I already knew that.
Robie: Yes, I will say you do things with dispatch. No wasted preliminaries. Not only did I enjoy that kiss last night, I was awed by the efficiency behind it.
Francie: Well, I'm a great believer of getting down to essentials.
Robie: What do you expect out of me?
Francie: Probably a lot more than you're willing to offer.

Francie: The man I want doesn't have a price.
Robie: [chuckling] Well, that eliminates me...You're absolutely right. Give me a woman who knows her own mind.
Francie: No one would give you a woman like that. You have to capture her.
Robie: Any particular method?
Francie: Yes, but it's no good unless you discover it yourself.