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"It Takes a Thief" A Thief Is a Thief (1968)

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Roland Kibbee (written by) and
Leslie Stevens (writer)
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Original Air Date:
9 January 1968 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Master thief Alexander Mundy is paroled from prison by SIA special agent Noah Bain in order to steal for the United States government on special occasions. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Robert Wagner ... Alexander Mundy

Senta Berger ... Claire Vickers

John Saxon ... Dead Man

Malachi Throne ... Noah Bain

Susan Saint James ... Stewardess Anne Edwards

Michael Forest ... Courier
Anita Eubank ... Hilary Dickensen
Willi Koopman ... Jessica Hals

Stuart Margolin ... Prison Chaplain

Don 'Red' Barry ... Airline Captain (as Donald Barry)

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Concierge

Raymond Burr ... S.I.A. Bureau Chief

Wally Cox ... Tourist
Les Crane

James Drury ... Mr. Clifton, Ticket Agent

Kurt Kasznar ... Nightclub Manager

Joe Louis ... Prizefighter

Doug McClure ... Mr. Saunders, Ticket Agent

Leslie Nielsen ... S.I.A. Security Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russell Custer ... Inmate (uncredited)

Frank Evans ... Inmate #1 (uncredited)

Charlie Picerni ... Guard (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Agent (uncredited)

Leoda Richards ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Edwin Tuttle ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Leslie Stevens 
Writing credits
Roland Kibbee  written by and
Leslie Stevens  writer

Produced by
Frank Price .... producer
Original Music by
Ernie Freeman 
Cinematography by
Ralph Woolsey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tony Martinelli 
Casting by
Tom Jennings (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Alexander A. Mayer 
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer 
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Will Sheldon .... unit manager (as Willard H. Sheldon)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burt Astor .... assistant director
Robert Bennett Steinhauer .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound (as Ed Somers)
Charlie Picerni .... stunts
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Burton Miller .... costumes
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Robert Brower .... color coordinator
Music Department
Dave Grusin .... composer: theme music
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor
Other crew
Dan Hanks .... technical advisor
Glen A. Larson .... script consultant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roland Kibbee  creator

Stephen Burnette .... stunts (as Steven Burnett)
Chuck Courtney .... stunts
Dick Crockett .... stunts
Howard Curtis .... stunts
George Orrison .... stunts
George Robotham .... stunts
George Sawaya .... stunts
Editorial Department
Ron Meredith .... assistant film editor
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

USA:90 min (including commercials)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The approximately 75-minute pilot was subsequently expanded to 99 minutes and released as a movie under the title "Magnificent Thief."See more »
Factual errors: The enemy agents frequently refer to a collection of photos as a "cachet". This is a common mispronunciation of "cache" - which is correctly pronounced the same as "cash".See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
It was a long time ago for me., 5 March 2015

I have not watched it since my childhood, back in the early seventies. I still enjoy this too, besides Cade's County, that I just commented a couple of hours ago. I won't add much to the other comment, but I just wanted to point out something, for which I failed in the other IMDb lines: trivia, goofs, etc...At nearly the seventeenth minute of this episode, you have a short sequence where Robert Wagner draws a picture, a sort of geometric figure, for his own pleasure, I guess. If you watch closely, you'll find out that it is very similar to the one you have in the opening credits of the famous OUTER LIMITS series. Well, it is not actually the same, but it looks like it is, very similar at least. And Leslie Stevens, who directed this episode, was the major Producer, if I remember right, of the OUTER LIMITS TV show. Watch out. At the seventeenth minute.

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