I Spy (1965–1968)
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To Florence with Love: Part 1 

An incompetent thief pursues a beautiful woman returning a priceless painting to Florence. Kelly and Alexander are assigned to provide clandestine security. Of course when a beautiful woman... See full summary »

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Robert Butler

Writer:

Norman Borisoff
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Robert Culp ... Kelly Robinson
Bill Cosby ... Alexander Scott
Joey Heatherton ... Katie
Gabriele Ferzetti ... Aldo
Eleanor Sommers Eleanor Sommers ... Maria
Mario Badolati Mario Badolati ... Bonfiglio
Steve Peck Steve Peck ... Martini
Arthur Batanides ... Rocco
Joe Lo Presti Joe Lo Presti ... Giovanni
Rico Cattani Rico Cattani ... Guard #1
Fabian Dean Fabian Dean ... The Chef
Paul Micale Paul Micale ... Guard #2
Domenick Delgarde Domenick Delgarde ... Policeman (as Dominick Delgarde)
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An incompetent thief pursues a beautiful woman returning a priceless painting to Florence. Kelly and Alexander are assigned to provide clandestine security. Of course when a beautiful woman is involved Kelly is not one to hide in the shadows. Written by David Foss

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1966 (USA) See more »

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3F Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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From Topkapi with Love...
31 August 2016 | by jivers01See all my reviews

All you really need to know about this needlessly padded two-parter is:

1. It's a lighthearted robbery caper, not a serious espionage story.

2. It's a museum heist yarn inspired by the hit film "Topkapi" (1964)

3. Joey Heatherton is a fairly realistic character, not the dumb bimbo stereotype she usually plays.

Due to the famous, unscripted Culp-Cosby banter, the series got away with major shifts in tone -- from comedic farce one week to heavy drama the next. This is one of their semi- comedic romps without the usual murder and mayhem. The story has nothing to do with espionage per se. Kelley and Scott have to steal a painting from a high-tech museum exhibit in Florence. The set up is an excuse to do a variation of the celebrated heist scene from Topkapi. This could have been an "It Takes a Thief" story (that show's pilot was shot the following year).

Not bad, but not memorable either. The fluffy story did not need to be stretched out to two episodes, and the action-adventure elements -- as well as a decent antagonist -- are noticeably absent.

Fortunately, the DVD release includes a unique preview for part 2. This is a standard opening montage except the top part with a close-up of Culp's eyes is replaced by Joey Heatherton.


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