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It Takes a Thief 

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The adventures of suave cat burglar Alexander Mundy, who plies his trade for the U.S. Government.

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Roland Kibbee
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3   2   1  
1970   1969   1968  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Robert Wagner ...  Alexander Mundy / ... 66 episodes, 1968-1970
Malachi Throne ...  Noah Bain 42 episodes, 1968-1969
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Storyline

Alexander Mundy - smooth, suave, sophisticated - is the world's greatest cat burglar. Finally arrested after years of pilfering, he strikes a deal with American agent Noah Bain: a full pardon if Mundy agrees to use his skills to steal for the SIA, an American espionage agency. Technically under house arrest, Mundy travels all over the world performing daring acts of thievery in the name of Uncle Sam. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Adventure | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1968 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

De dief van Washington See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(65 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

"The last line of dialogue in the series' last episode is spoken directly to the camera. Wally Powers (facing & continuing to talk to the other actors, not the camera): "You know that and I know it, and you can be very sure the government knows it." (turning his face to the camera) "So what are you trying to do, scare everybody?" See more »

Goofs

Several episodes in season 1 use stock footage of the undercarriage of an aircraft landing. This aircraft has 4 sets of landing gear. No commercial aircraft uses this configuration. The only aircraft to use this configuration is the USAF B-52 bomber. See more »

Quotes

Noah Bain: Oh, uh, look, Al, I'm not asking you to spy. I'm just asking you to steal.
Alexander Mundy: Let me get this straight: you *want* me to steal?
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Alternate Versions

The video release, "Magnificent Thief," is the series' premiere episode, "A Thief Is A Thief Is A Thief," expanded from filling a 90 minute time slot with commercials, to 99 minutes by itself. Why it was distributed to TV stations this way instead of being made a two-parter for the unusually-small-as-it-was syndicated rerun package is a mystery. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) See more »

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Ultimate Cool - World Traveller and all that goes with it.
30 June 2005 | by Brewski-2See all my reviews

Someone do a DVD boxed set with commentaries on this quickly before Malachi Throne, Susan St. James and R.J. leave us!!!! Much like the Man From UNCLE, Mission: Impossible and other shows "filmed" all over the world, the Universal backlot was Paris, Istanbul, Rome, etc. But the one thing this show did have that none other would was R.J., AKA Robert Wagner. The first season was great and when joined by his Dad (Fred Astaire) the scripts became a little more tortured, but still, you wanted to move and talk like R.J. When Bette Davis was a co-star as an ailing female thief that was going to hold a formal party, R. J. commented on the class she exuded by saying, "White Tie - First Cabin". He is what Austin Powers attempted to be, he is what a less brutal version of Connery's Bond could have been. No matter where he went, he could be the playboy who knew the best Bistro in Cannes, the grooviest bar in Picadilly, the best casino in Monaco. He had the women: Susan St. James before Rock Hudson, an early interracial fling with one of the Fifth Dimension-ettes. Studios are making a fortune on DVD releases. I am stunned with slack-jawed amazement that they can come up with the first season of the Brady Bunch but not a unique cultural event like "It Takes a Thief". Trust me, we'll buy it.


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