It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)

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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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


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 <>

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9 January 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Once a Crook  »

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"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 »


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 »


Alistair Mundy: [part of opening title narration] I've heard of stealing *from* the government, but *for* the government?
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Referenced in Neues aus der Anstalt: Superwahljahr Reloaded (2012) See more »

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The coolest show ever.
28 August 2001 | by (Sun Valley, California) – See all my reviews

It Takes a Thief was the coolest show ever. Wagner was suave, sophisticated, and always well dressed. Inventive stories, great dialogue, and watching Robert Wagner and Fred Astaire plot to knock over the casino in Monte Carlo is just irresistible. This would be a perfect candidate for a big-screen remake, but there's nobody cool enough to fill Alexander Mundy's shoes--maybe Travolta?

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