It Takes a Thief (1968)

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It Takes a Thief
Premiere January 9, 1968
Finale March 23, 1970
Creator Roland Kibbee
Network/Provider ABC
Style 60-minute adventure drama
Company Universal Television
Seasons 3
Episodes 66
Origin USA

It Takes a Thief is a adventure drama that aired on ABC.

It Takes a Thief, which was created by television writer Roland Kibbee, featured the adventures of cat burglar, pickpocket, and thief Alexander Mundy, who steals to finance his life as a polished playboy and sophisticate. He is in prison when the U.S. government's SIA (secret intelligence agency) proposes a deal to Mundy: steal for the government in exchange for his freedom. Mundy is puzzled, and asks, "Let me get this straight. You want me to steal?" In the main opening titles, his new SIA boss, Noah Bain, uses the catch phrase, "Oh, look, Al, I'm not asking you to spy. I'm just asking you to steal." In pre-production, the title began as Once a Crook.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Robert Wagner Alexander Mundy 1 2 3
Malachi Throne Noah Bain 1 2
Fred Astaire Alistair Mundy 3


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One January 9, 1968 April 30, 1968 16
Season Two September 24, 1968 April 22, 1969 26
Season Three September 25, 1969 March 23, 1970 24


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season October 2, 2012 5


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