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It Takes a Thief: Season 3: Episode 24 -- Al Mundy matches wits with a mad scientist aboard a plane en route to a scientific meeting in Melbourne.
It Takes a Thief: Season 3: Episode 23 -- Al Mundy tries to prove he's been framed when accused of treason by an agent of the SIA.
It Takes a Thief: Season 3: Episode 22 -- Alistair Mundy recruits his son Al to join him in a plan to help King Armand save his country and daughter from scheming Gen. Contrell.  Alistair buys a circus, which is scheduled to visit the kingdom to entertain Princess Carlotta and disguises himself.
It Takes a Thief: Season 3: Episode 21 -- Al Mundy's plan to steal a painting for the SIA pits him against his old nemesis, con woman Charlene Brown.
It Takes a Thief: Season 3: Episode 20 -- A female member of a musical group gets mixed up in a political plot.


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9 January 1968 (USA) See more »
The adventures of suave cat burglar Alexander Mundy, who plies his trade for the U.S. Government. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 120)

Robert Wagner ... Alexander Mundy / ... (66 episodes, 1968-1970)

Malachi Throne ... Noah Bain (42 episodes, 1968-1969)

Series Directed by
Don Weis (13 episodes, 1968-1969)
Jack Arnold (8 episodes, 1968-1970)
Michael Caffey (5 episodes, 1968)
Barry Shear (5 episodes, 1969-1970)
Bruce Kessler (5 episodes, 1969)
Leonard Horn (4 episodes, 1968)
Gerd Oswald (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
Jeannot Szwarc (3 episodes, 1969)
George Tyne (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Leslie Stevens (2 episodes, 1968)
Joseph Sargent (2 episodes, 1969-1970)
Series Writing credits
Roland Kibbee (66 episodes, 1968-1970)
Glen A. Larson (19 episodes, 1968-1970)
Mort Zarcoff (7 episodes, 1968-1969)
Gene L. Coon (6 episodes, 1968-1969)
Stephen Kandel (5 episodes, 1968-1969)
Leslie Stevens (4 episodes, 1968)
Oscar Brodney (4 episodes, 1969-1970)
Tony Barrett (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Dean Hargrove (3 episodes, 1968)
Sy Salkowitz (3 episodes, 1969-1970)
Norman Hudis (3 episodes, 1970)
B.W. Sandefur (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Elroy Schwartz (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
William Bast (2 episodes, 1969-1970)

Series Produced by
Mort Zarcoff .... associate producer / producer (44 episodes, 1968-1969)
Frank Price .... executive producer / producer (42 episodes, 1968-1969)
Glen A. Larson .... associate producer / producer (39 episodes, 1968-1970)
Jack Arnold .... executive producer / producer (33 episodes, 1969-1970)
Gene L. Coon .... producer (31 episodes, 1968-1969)
Paul Mason .... producer (23 episodes, 1969-1970)
Gordon Oliver .... executive producer (15 episodes, 1968-1969)
Winston Miller .... producer (14 episodes, 1968)
Leonard Horn .... producer (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Original Music by
Benny Golson (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
Oliver Nelson (3 episodes, 1968-1970)
Billy Goldenberg (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Lyn Murray (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Cinematography by
Andrew Jackson (27 episodes, 1968-1970)
Richard Batcheller (12 episodes, 1969-1970)
Gene Polito (9 episodes, 1968-1969)
Ralph Woolsey (9 episodes, 1968-1969)
Enzo Serafin (7 episodes, 1969)
Ray Flin (5 episodes, 1969)
William Margulies (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Film Editing by
Frank Morriss (15 episodes, 1968-1969)
Tony Martinelli (13 episodes, 1968-1970)
Jean Jacques Berthelot (9 episodes, 1968-1970)
Robert F. Shugrue (6 episodes, 1968-1969)
Douglas Stewart (6 episodes, 1968)
Edward Haire (6 episodes, 1969)
Edwin H. Bryant (5 episodes, 1969-1970)
George Ohanian (3 episodes, 1970)
John Elias (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Casting by
Tom Jennings (56 episodes, 1968-1969)
Series Art Direction by
Alexander A. Mayer (66 episodes, 1968-1970)
Aurelio Crugnola (7 episodes, 1969)
Series Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. (66 episodes, 1968-1970)
Robert C. Bradfield (41 episodes, 1968-1970)
Joseph J. Stone (9 episodes, 1968)
Marvin March (3 episodes, 1968)
James M. Walters Sr. (3 episodes, 1968)
Series Costume Design by
Burton Miller (6 episodes, 1968-1970)
Series Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist (66 episodes, 1968-1970)
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist (66 episodes, 1968-1970)
Series Production Management
James M. Walters Jr. .... unit manager / production manager (35 episodes, 1969-1970)
Abby Singer .... unit manager (17 episodes, 1968)
Joseph C. Cavalier .... unit manager (12 episodes, 1968-1969)
Danilo Sabatini .... production manager (7 episodes, 1969)
Marco Tamburella .... unit manager (7 episodes, 1969)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Doran .... assistant director (29 episodes, 1968-1970)
Robert Bennett Steinhauer .... trainee assistant director (15 episodes, 1968)
Richard Learman .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1969-1970)
Fabrizio Castellani .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1969)
Robert G. Stone .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1969)
John Clarke Bowman .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1968)
Ralph Ferrin .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1968)
Frank Losee .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1968)
Series Sound Department
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound (36 episodes, 1968-1970)
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound (8 episodes, 1968-1969)
Kurt Doubrowsky .... sound (7 episodes, 1969)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound (4 episodes, 1968-1969)
James T. Porter .... sound (3 episodes, 1968-1969)
Lyle Cain .... sound (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (2 episodes, 1968)
Ted G. Mann .... sound (2 episodes, 1969)
Series Visual Effects by
Wayne Fitzgerald .... optical effects (1 episode, 1970)
Series Stunts
Charlie Picerni .... stunts (1 episode, 1968)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunts (1 episode, 1969)
David Sharpe .... stunt double: Fred Astaire (1 episode, 1969)
Budd Albright .... stunts (1 episode, 1970)

Steven Burnett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Chuck Courtney .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Howard Curtis .... stunts (unknown episodes)
George Orrison .... stunts (unknown episodes)
George Robotham .... stunts (unknown episodes)
George Sawaya .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Burton Miller .... costumes (53 episodes, 1968-1970)
Metka Kosak .... costumes (7 episodes, 1969)
Hugh McFarland .... costumes (7 episodes, 1969)
Series Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor (66 episodes, 1968-1970)
Robert Brower .... color coordinator (66 episodes, 1968-1970)

Ron Meredith .... assistant film editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Dave Grusin .... composer: theme music (66 episodes, 1968-1970)
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (66 episodes, 1968-1970)
Series Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... main titles / titles (50 episodes, 1968-1970)
Glen A. Larson .... script consultant (16 episodes, 1968)
Dan Hanks .... technical advisor (15 episodes, 1968)
Dean Hargrove .... story consultant (11 episodes, 1968)

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51 min (65 episodes)
Color (Technicolor)
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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 »
Factual errors: 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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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Next...It Takes A Thief....In Color, 7 October 2002
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

"Let me get this straight, 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".

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