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"It Takes a Thief" Birds of a Feather (1968)

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Original Air Date:
19 March 1968 (Season 1, Episode 10)
An American spy is captured and put in prison. He's not slated for execution because the Botrovian authorities... See more » | Add synopsis »
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"When the chips are down, send for Alexander The Great!" See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Robert Wagner ... Alexander Mundy

Malachi Throne ... Noah Bain

Tisha Sterling ... Madame Trish Marcu

Mark Lenard ... Colonel Kessler

Strother Martin ... Willard Knox
Taina Elg ... Anya Selina
Charles Macaulay ... Nicolae Marcu
Charlene Holt ... Tracey Lewis
Richard Karlan ... 1st Guard

Henry Corden ... Director
Peter Brocco ... Vlado Miloslav
Eva Monty ... Greta
Gene Tyburn ... 3rd Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Armstrong ... Guard (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Inmate (uncredited)

Duke Fishman ... Inmate (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Don Weis 
Writing credits
Roland Kibbee (created by)

Glen A. Larson (written by)

Produced by
Gene L. Coon .... producer
Frank Price .... executive producer
Mort Zarcoff .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Andrew Jackson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tony Martinelli 
Casting by
Tom Jennings (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Alexander A. Mayer 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Joseph J. Stone  (as Joseph Stone)
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Abby Singer .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Doran .... assistant director
Robert Bennett Steinhauer .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound
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
Dean Hargrove .... story consultant
Dan Hanks .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Glen A. Larson .... script consultant (uncredited)

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

Steven Burnett .... stunts
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

60 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The title comes from the saying "birds of a feather flock together."See more »
Willard Knox:Seven years in 'the service', and they didn't even send me a Christmas card.
Alexander Mundy:Well, I'll send you some dried fruit the minute I hit the street.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"When the chips are down, send for Alexander The Great!", 5 May 2008
Author: ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Glen A. Larson was a humble scriptwriter back in 1968, he went on to create or co-create 'Alias Smith & Jones', 'Knight Rider', 'Magnum P.I.', 'The Fall Guy', and the original ( and best ) 'Battlestar Galactica'.

This was one of his early scripts. Willard Knox, an S.I.A. agent, is arrested by the Petrovian Secret Police on charges of espionage. In his possession is microfilm containing The Miloslav Document, which Noah wants. So he asks Mundy to retrieve it.

A heavily disguised Al infiltrates the maximum security prison where Knox is held, only to discover that the spy no longer has the microfilm. He smuggled it out, and refuses to say how unless Mundy helps him escape.

During the break out, Knox is killed, but passes onto Mundy the whereabouts of the microfilm - it is concealed in a valuable ring belonging to Ambassaddor Marku's wife Trish. Far from being over, the mission is just beginning...

A pleasing episode, with a good supporting cast including Mark Lenard ( best remembered as 'Ambassador Sarek' ( Mr.Spock's Dad ) from 'Star Trek', and Taina Elg, who was handcuffed to Kenneth More in the 1959 version of 'The Thirty-Nine Steps'.

We never find out why the Miloslav Document is so important, but it hardly matters.

Favourite moment - the prison break-out.

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