It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)

TV Series  -   -  Adventure | Crime | Drama
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 722 users  
Reviews: 18 user | 5 critic

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

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 14 Apr 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 06 Mar 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 17 May 2013
 
a list of 84 titles
created 23 Jun 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)

It Takes a Thief (1968–1970) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of It Takes a Thief.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hart to Hart (1979–1984)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The globe-trotting adventures of amateur detectives Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.

Stars: Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Billie and Kristy lead a gang of armed robbers who steal from banks, armoured cars, and the like. When Billie's lover, Jim, gets caught by the police after stashing a large amount of money,... See full summary »

Director: John Gilling
Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Anthony Quayle, Carl Möhner
Branded (1965–1966)
Action | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the 1880s Jason McCord travels the country trying to prove he's no coward. He needs to do this because the military career of this West point graduate came to an end when he was thrown out of the army after being accused of cowardice.

Stars: Chuck Connors, William Bryant, Chuck Hamilton
This Gun for Hire (TV Movie 1991)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A killer for hire named Raven kills his target. However, he believes that he was just killing an ordinary person, but before he knows it, there's a massive manhunt for him. It seems that ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Antonio
Stars: Patrik Baldauff, Lenore Banks, James Borders
Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

William Topaz McGonagall, the world's greateset poet. Unfortunately the whole of the rest of the world disagreed. His talent made him a sort of Victorian Chris Evans but without the cash.

Director: Joseph McGrath
Stars: Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers, Julia Foster
I Spy (1965–1968)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A pair of intelligence agents posing as a tennis pro and his coach go on secret missions around the world.

Stars: Robert Culp, Bill Cosby, Kenneth Tobey
Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The show is about doctors Marcus Welby, a general practitioner and Steven Kiley, Welby's young assistant. The two try to treat people as individuals in an age of specialized medicine and ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo
Love, American Style (1969–1974)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An anthology comedy series featuring a line up of different celebrity guest stars appearing in anywhere from one, two, three, and four short stories or vignettes within an hour about versions of love and romance.

Stars: Stuart Margolin, Mary Grover, Barbara Minkus
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A corrupt hospital administrator decides to get as much money as possible from the patients by any means necessary - lie, cheat or steal.

Director: Rod Amateau
Stars: Peter Sellers, Jo Ann Pflug, Rick Lenz
Switch (1975–1978)
Crime | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An ex-cop and an ex-con start their own detective agency.

Stars: Robert Wagner, Eddie Albert, Charlie Callas
Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Reformed thief Richard Taylor and Crime Prevention Officer Will Davies team up to help small businesses prevent crime in their shops. Ex-thief Richard highlights the error of their ways by ... See full summary »

Stars: Craig Kelly, Will Davies, Richard Taylor
The F.B.I. (1965–1974)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The cases of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Philip Abbott, Marvin Miller
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Alexander Mundy / ... (66 episodes, 1968-1970)
...
 Noah Bain (42 episodes, 1968-1969)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Adventure | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 January 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Once a Crook  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(65 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

Quotes

Alistair Mundy: [part of opening title narration] I've heard of stealing *from* the government, but *for* the government?
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Hot Diggity Dog (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Next...It Takes A Thief....In Color
7 October 2002 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

"Let me get this straight,........you want me to steal?"

That line was from one of the coolest espionage shows to ever come out of the 1960's. The series "It Takes A Thief" premiered in a era that was lined with espionage shows that included "The Man From U.N.C.L.E", "The Avengers","The Saint","Secret Agent Man","The Wild,Wild West","I Spy","Mission:Impossible","Man With A Suitcase",and "Get Smart" to name a few. "It Takes A Thief",which came in as a mid-season replacement for the 1967-1968 season,premiered on ABC-TV on January 9,1968 for the three seasons it was on the air until March 24,1970 producing 66 episodes all in color. It was among the last of the 1960's spy television genre,although it was be clipped by "Mission:Impossible" which continued onward into the early-1970's. "It Takes A Thief" which was created by television writer Roland Kibbee(who was the writer and producer for a lot of Universal produced TV-series including "Leave It To Beaver","The Munsters","McHale's Navy")who also served as executive producer of this series along with Frank Price,Glen A. Larson,and Jack Arnold. The first two seasons of the show were filmed on the lot at Hollywood's Universal Studios,but the third and final season of the series were filmed on location in Europe within Greece and Italy and locations in France.

"It Takes A Thief" stars Robert Wagner(his first role in a television series) was the debonair jewel thief Alexander Mundy turned international man of espionage and mystery who was hired by the U.S. Government's S.I.A. agency(secret intelligence agency)(his boss was Malachi Throne who was in Seasons 1 and 2 of the series,and was replaced in the show's third and final season by Edward Binns) for a range of dangerous,yet sometimes various assignments,but in some of the episodes he did his job with such grace and style. The series also had Fred Astaire(who appeared in Season 3 of the series) as his dad who was also a jewel thief,but also worked for the government as well. There was one of the episodes where(and one of the oddest and weirdest episodes ever produced)he would be in a tight jam and somewhere would have to risk his neck to save the damsel in distress like The Fifth Dimension's Marilyn McCoo,or other broads like Petula Clark,Nancy Sinatra and so forth. Others included Susan Saint James, Bette Davis, Ida Lupino, Fernando Lamas, Paul Heinreid, and Joesph Cotten made guest appearances. Susan Saint James appeared in five episodes of the series.

One of the underrated and better episodes from Season 2 featured the one and only Peter Sellers in a dual role;in which he would played an informant in one,and a cold blooded killer out to get our hero in another! Great ending if you get the chance to see it. The series originally ran on ABC-TV from 1968-70,and when the show ended I thought why destroy a good thing that was very good since this show was a spy show,and a good hearted well-produced crime drama/action-adventure spectacle which after this show ended Robert Wagner went on to star in other crime/action shows like "Switch" with Eddie Albert(aka from Green Acres),and Sharon Gless(from Cagney & Lacey) ,and "Hart to Hart"(with Stephanie Powers),and to the LOST Wagner series from the early 1980's(I forgot the title of it,but it ran on NBC)

"It Takes A Thief" did very well in the ratings since ABC moved the series to different nights during its run. Season 1 was on Tuesday nights at 8:30e/7:30c opposite Diahann Carroll's "Julia",and the long-running "The Red Skelton Show". For Seasons 2 and 3,the show moved from Tuesday nights to Thursday nights at the 10:00e/9:00c time slot opposite "The CBS Thursday Night Movie",and "The Dean Martin Show" which got it canceled on March 14,1970 to bad ratings. On September 14,1970,the show that ABC replaced "It Takes A Thief" was the short-lived science-fiction thriller "The Immortal".


21 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Complete series coming to DVD on 10/11/11 Richfilmbuff
Why did Malachi Throne leave the show? Atlanta_Cowboy
IT TAKES A THIEF coming to DVD in Feb. 2011 Richfilmbuff
Will Smith does it on the big screen clopin
Want to watch 'It Takes A Thief'? jimmino
Good quality dvd's of series norm-91
Discuss It Takes a Thief (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page