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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 <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Release Date:

9 January 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Once a Crook  »

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In the first season, Alexander Mundy was a cat burglar hired by American spy agency: The SIA. In the second season, he became a freelance operative. 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 »


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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Mundy was cool
14 December 2000 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

Alexander Mundy was the coolest of the cool, a career thief who had been given a get out of jail free card. Even though he had choosen to do burglaries for the government, there was still a hint that Mundy might go back to his old ways if he could figure out how to get away with it. The show even became more cool when they added the character of Mundy's father (Fred Astaire) who was also a career criminal.

One of the oddest episodes I remember was one that featured singing group, The Fifth Dimension. Marilyn McCoo's (lead singer) character had died in the first few minutes, but then she returned, stating, "I died, but now I'm back". They did a great acoustic version of "One Less Bell To Answer" in that episode.

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