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It Takes a Thief 

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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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Roland Kibbee
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3   2   1  
1970   1969   1968  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Robert Wagner ...  Alexander Mundy / ... 66 episodes, 1968-1970
Malachi Throne ...  Noah Bain 42 episodes, 1968-1969
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Storyline

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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Adventure | Crime | Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Once a Crook See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(65 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Alistair Mundy: [part of opening title narration] I've heard of stealing *from* the government, but *for* the government?
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Alternate Versions

The video release, "Magnificent Thief," is the series' premiere episode, "A Thief Is A Thief Is A Thief," expanded from filling a 90 minute time slot with commercials, to 99 minutes by itself. Why it was distributed to TV stations this way instead of being made a two-parter for the unusually-small-as-it-was syndicated rerun package is a mystery. See more »

Connections

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very cool
7 September 2005 | by jackhammer111See all my reviews

Cool was a word that was used for many things back in the day when this series aired. 1968 was a very serious year yet here was something that wasn't serious yet I thought it was very cool, this despite the fact I was an antiwar peace love hippie. I was 18 and Alexander Mundy was my fantasy life alter ego. It wasn't about the plots, although the twist of the government turning to a convicted felon for help was novel. Nothing really groundbreaking about this series, nothing that sticks out in my memory all these years later about particular episodes, although I do remember the addition of Fred Astaire to the cast being a great way do show where Mundy got his mojo. It was all about Robert Wagner in his prime being the coolest of cool guys. The looks, the confidence, the overall attitude, Women wanted him; men wanted to be like him. I loved it and I recommend it.


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