It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
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A Matter of Royal Larceny 

Noah orders Alexander Mundy to return a royal orb after a rich and beautiful jet-setter lifts it from its display case on a drunken whim. Little does anyone know that the orb holds an explosive surprise.

Director:

Michael Caffey

Writers:

Roland Kibbee (created by), Tony Barrett
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Episode cast overview:
Robert Wagner ... Alexander Mundy
Malachi Throne ... Noah Bain
Lynda Day George ... Samantha Sutton (as Lynda Day)
Henry Wilcoxon ... Prime Minister Garth
J. Pat O'Malley ... Thoreau
Don Knight ... Bertie Turner
Brenda Benet Brenda Benet ... Nicole
Lawrence Dane ... Capt. Van Zandt
Ben Murphy ... King Pineau
Alan Caillou ... Janos Kowalski
Roz Hill Roz Hill ... Patti
Ron Gans Ron Gans ... Sentry
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Bartender
The Great John L. The Great John L. ... Tattooed Man
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Noah orders Alexander Mundy to return a royal orb after a rich and beautiful jet-setter lifts it from its display case on a drunken whim. Little does anyone know that the orb holds an explosive surprise.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1968 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Episode is set in a fictional 'San Marco'; Lynda Day George was born in San Marcos, Tx. See more »

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Plenty of Al doing what Al does best
10 August 2019 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

The Quick Pitch: Instead of stealing, Al's mission involves returning a golden orb to a royal treasure room. But what Al doesn't know is that the orb has been packed with plastic explosives.

A Matter of Royal Larceny is another solid episode. None of these episodes are what I'd call great, but most are entertaining enough. In this one, we get plenty of Al doing what Al does best - lots of sneaking around, some spy work, and wooing the women. I especially enjoyed Al's final dramatic assault on the treasure room. Overall, quite fun.

A few random thoughts:

1. I'm sure I've seen the main building featured in this episode in about half of the ones I've watched so far. It Takes a Thief seemed to recycle the same sets on a regular basis.

2. Exactly where was the Kingdom of San Marcos supposed to be? I'm sure I heard at least four different accents - American, French, British (and very heavy British at that), and some sort of weird Eastern European accent.

3. I had forgotten just how stunning Lynda Day George was in the 70s. She never looked better than here. And what about those fabulous outfits? Really nice.

4. Maybe it was just me, but it felt like J Pat O'Malley and his dog had stepped over to It Takes a Thief from another show. Their bits had a weird vibe to them.

5. Finally, I was shocked to see Ben Murphy, of all people, playing the King-to-be of San Marcos. Too funny,

7/10


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