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The son (James Dean) of a French aristocrat is accused of stealing his father's money and of stealing his step-sister's heart.


Vincent J. Donehue


Arthur Arent (adaptation), Henri Bernstein (play)


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Episode cast overview:
Diana Lynn ... Marie-Louise Voyson
Paul Lukas ... Charles Lagarde
Mary Astor ... Isabelle Lagarde
Patric Knowles ... Philippe Voyson
James Dean ... Fernand Lagarde
Nehemiah Persoff ... D'Arnault-Olivier
Jerry Morris Jerry Morris ... Michel


The son (James Dean) of a French aristocrat is accused of stealing his father's money and of stealing his step-sister's heart.

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

4 January 1955 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Theatre Guild See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


As revealed by Robert Osborne on a TCM airing of this installment, both Paul Lukas and Mary Astor (Oscar-winners in their own right) found working with Method-acting adherent James Dean troublesome. He would mumble lines and ad-lib during rehearsals, "saving" his performance for the live broadcast. In Astor's autobiography, she quoted Austrian Lukas as having referred to Dean "dat inconsiderate vhippersnapper!" See more »


Version of The Thief (1914) See more »

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interesting but not because of the story
22 November 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In the good old days of live TV, there were many of these shows - The U.S. Steel Hour was one, there was Playhouse 90, Schlitz Playhouse, Lux Playhouse, etc. They attracted big stars and were done expensively. In the costume drama "The Thief," the stars are Paul Lukas, Mary Astor, James Dean, Diana Lynn, and Patric Knowles. Pretty impressive.

Dean plays Fernand, a young man in love with the married Marie-Louise Voyson (Lynn) married to Phillipe (Knowles.) When money goes missing, Fernand admits to it, to his father's (Lukas) horror.

Dean doesn't have much to do, but I thought he was good. He's not an angry, rough teen here, but high-class French, and I think he acquits himself well and in period. If he seems awkward, I'm sure it's because of the nerves of live TV or lack of sufficient rehearsal.

As usual there were people who hated working with him; this time it was Paul Lukas. On East of Eden it was Raymond Massey. I'm seeing an older man pattern here.

I'm not sure Dean was really difficult or just liked to press certain people's buttons. I'm convinced that neither he nor Brando had the eccentric personalities they pretended to have. But if they could get away with it and call their self-indulgences the eccentricities of great actors, they would.

I would say if you have a chance, definitely see this and any of Dean's television work. There is so little of him available; these TV shows give more of an idea of the range he could have developed.

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