It Takes a Thief (1968–1970)
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The Family 

Al gets quarantined in the highly secure household of a reclusive elderly oil magnate, to find out who is behind his oil sales to Iron Curtain countries.


Joseph Sargent


Roland Kibbee (created by), David P. Harmon (teleplay) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Robert Wagner ... Alexander Mundy / Hal Gregory
Malachi Throne ... Noah Bain
Geraldine Brooks ... Andrea Lockridge
Gordon Pinsent ... Gerald Lockridge
Carla Borelli ... Laura Cannon
Cyril Delevanti ... John B. Cannon
Cindy Eilbacher ... Charlotte Cannon
Michael Quinlivan Michael Quinlivan ... Phillip Cannon
Sidney Clute ... Dr. Bynum
George Barrows ... Miles (as George D. Barrows)
Gary Van Ormand Gary Van Ormand ... 2nd Guard (as Gary Van Orman)
Michael Nixon Michael Nixon ... Arnie Pace


Al gets quarantined in the highly secure household of a reclusive elderly oil magnate, to find out who is behind his oil sales to Iron Curtain countries.

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1 April 1969 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The reclusive billionaire patriarch John B. Cannon has the same name as the wealthy patriarch Big John Cannon on The High Chaparral (1967). See more »


Alexander Mundy: Have you ever heard of a man called Noah Bain?
John B. Cannon: Noah Bain. Forty-seve. Career man. Single. Worked for Donovan during World War II. Currently acting head of the S.I.A.
Alexander Mundy: I didn't know he was with the O.S.S.
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The Oil Man and the Sea
21 February 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In order to investigate rarely seen patriarch Cyril Delevanti (as John B. Cannon) and his oil dealings with Communists, womanizing Alexander "Al" Mundy (Robert Wagner) goes undercover as a merchant seaman. A sickening potion administered by superior Noah Bain (Malachi Throne) gets Mundy ensconced in the family mansion. Although he seems like a capable and likable man, Mundy has trouble getting upstairs. The family dog "Brutus" turns against him and guards the staircase...

Mundy is helped, by pigtailed pre-teen Cindy Eilbacher (as Charlotte "Charlie" Cannon). She is really cute, and knows how to point. Suspicious daughter Geraldine Brooks (as Andrea) and sneaky partner Gordon Pinsent (as Gerald Lockridge) try to get in the way. Sexually-charged Carla Borelli (as Laura Cannon) tries to arouse Mr. Wagner, without success. He has to prove "The Family" is somehow involved with dirty oil dealings, during an hour that is not all that involving...

**** The Family (4/1/69) Joseph Sargent ~ Robert Wagner, Cindy Eilbacher, Geraldine Brooks, Gordon Pinsent

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